No e-pass required to enter Himachal from July 1

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In view of the improved Covid-19 situation, Himachal government on Tuesday decided to discontinue the e-pass system for entering the state from July 1 onwards.

The state Cabinet in a meeting held here under Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state.

It was decided that inter-state buses, including Volvos, would be started with 50 per cent capacity in the state from July 1, 2021 and the e-pass would be discontinued from the same day.

The government offices would start working with hundred per cent capacity from July 1.

It has also been decided that all the shops would remain open from 9 am to 8 pm while restaurants would be allowed to remain open till 10 pm.

Social gatherings/attendance etc. would be allowed up to 50 per cent of the total indoor capacity with maximum 50 persons, whereas maximum 100 persons would be allowed in the outdoor gatherings.

These steps have been taken in view of persistent demand form hoteliers and others associated with the tourism sector. The hospitality sector has been the worst hit, with thousands of people losing their jobs.