Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, on 18 May, said that details regarding restarting bus services within the state will be finalised in the coming days. Asking officials to prepare a comprehensive plan on resuming public transport services, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy said buses may start running without deviating from the Central guidelines on COVID-19.

Telangana, meanwhile, will restart TSRTC bus services from 19 May. The Andhra government plans to restore bus services along inter-state routes like Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bengaluru. When the bus services restart, details of each passenger will be taken and tests conducted, Jagan said. “This will be helpful in tracking people as and when needed, “ he added.

 Further guidelines include compulsory wearing of masks while travelling. For buses operating within the state, the number of seats should be reduced to half and private buses can also ply as per the norms, state officials said.

Takeaway counters at hotels, restaurants
Taking account of the losses faced by the hospitality sector amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Chief Minister said they are considering starting takeaway counters at restaurants and eateries while strictly following the precautionary measures. However, the night curfew will remain intact from 7 p.m to 5 a.m in the state, he added.
In addition to this, the state government has directed all government employees to attend offices and said appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that people can return to work in a phased manner.

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