Last week, the Himachal Pradesh government eased COVID-19 restrictions after the number of cases went down. They declared that the negative RT-PCR test was no longer mandatory to gain entry into the state. However, a covid e-pass was still required for travel.
After the announcement, several tourists flocked to Shimla on Sunday, resulting in a long queue of cars at the Parwanoo border, Solan district. As cops stopped the vehicles to examine the e-pass of travellers from other states, the traffic jam worsened, The Indian Express reports.
Have a look at the video here:
Reposted from @ndtv As soon as Himachal Pradesh announced that COVID-19 RT-PCR negative tests are no longer required to enter the state, hundreds of cars were seen on the road leading up to the state#Himachal #HimachalPradesh #Traffic #TrafficJam #RTPCRTest #Covid19 pic.twitter.com/QP9k7QASKx
— Monowar Hussain (@Monowartlp) June 13, 2021
And as usual, people on Twitter expressed their concerns through memes:
1. Many hilariously took a dig at the ‘impatient’ tourists.
#HimachalPradesh geared to welcome all travelers!
– RT-PCR test not required
– No restrictions#TravelKiSecondInnings #TourPlanners #TheTourPlanners #itnikhushi #partner #govinda #SalmanKhan #MEMES #memechat #memesdaily pic.twitter.com/KKaQmCXF29
— The Tour Planners (@thetourplanners) June 13, 2021
*Himachal Pradesh opens after new guidelines*
Himachal lovers around India: pic.twitter.com/AK9vSHvII8
— SARCASM🐨 (@ssaarrccaassm) June 14, 2021
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*Himachal Pradesh eases Covid restrictions*
Delhites : pic.twitter.com/PSlTrbSElk
— Kyakahein (@KehHiDeteHai) June 13, 2021
2. Itni khushi!
Hotel owners be like pic.twitter.com/UVaD2sBY0w
— Nikhil Rampal (@NikhilRampal1) June 14, 2021
Third wave of cars!
— Amit (@Neemeater) June 13, 2021
Waah kya systematic traffic hai 😜
— रोहित डवरे🇮🇳 (@rohitdaware) June 13, 2021
The report adds that section 144 has been revoked and the shops will function from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM from June 14 onwards. While 5.00 PM to 5.00 AM curfew remains for all, public transport with 50 percent capacity is allowed to run.
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