New Delhi, May 26 : The Centre has directed the State Governments to instruct hotels or institutionalized quarantine centers to charge only for seven days as per the direction of the Ministry Health and Family Welfare. In a letter written to the State Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories on Tuesday, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that the States need to issue necessary directions to hotel used for Institutional Quarantine to ensure that foreign returnees who were quarantined in hotels and paid advance of I4 days, shall be refunded their balance amount, without any delay.
“It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that Indian Nationals who were quarantined in hotels after their return from abroad were made to pay advance for 14 days. Since they can now leave for home quarantine after seven days, the amount paid by them for the remaining seven days need to be refunded to them, which some hotels are refusing to refund”, the letter said. As you are aware that Ministry of Health and Family Welfare vide their Order dated May 24 has issued guidelines for international arrivals, including for quarantine amusements and as per these guidelines, protocol for Institutional Quarantine has been revised to seven days followed by seven days home quarantine after medical assessment, the MHA letter further reads.
Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Home Affairs issued guidelines that Indian nationals arriving in the country needed to go for 14 days institutionalized quarantine centers made at various hotels in the states and the returnees were asked to pay the required charge for their stay in the Hotels. Accordingly, the Indian nationals coming from abroad made advance payment for their prior reservation at those institutionalized quarantine centers but according to the new norms of the Health Ministry, the hotels were reluctant to refund for seven days. (UNI)