After closing their doors to the public on March 18, the forts, monuments, and palaces of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Rajasthan, is reopening from today (June 1).
The Department of Archaeology and Museums, Rajasthan, issued guidelines on Friday keeping in view the social distancing norms.
Prakash Chandra Sharma, Director Department of Archaeology and Museums, says, “We have decided to open the monuments, forts, and museums from June 1. We have already issued SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to all the concerned superintendents and instructed them to take the required steps to open the monuments.”
Though the department has decided to open all the monuments like Albert Hall, Amber Fort, Sisodiya Garden, Vidhyadhar Garden, decision to open Hawamahal and Jantar Mantar which fall under curfew imposed walled city.
“If curfew is lifted inside the walled city, definitely we will be in a position to open both Hawamahal and Jantar Mantar, else these two will remain shut. But, yes any monuments in the containment zone will not be opened.” Sharma further adds.
A travel guide, says, “This is a welcoming step. However, we need to take extra precautions and strictly follow the guidelines.
Free Entry For All Tourists
- As per the department, the monuments will be opened on alternate days for the first two weeks.
- In the first week of June, they will remain open on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 am till 2 pm.
- In the second week of June, monuments will be opened on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm.
- From the third week onwards, they will remain open for all seven days from 9 am to 1 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm.
- For the first two weeks, entry for both domestic and foreign tourists will be free.
- From the third week onwards, tourists both domestic and foreign will be charged 50 % of the current tariff.
- Elephant ride and night tourism will remain closed.
- As far as the light and sound shows are concerned, the decision will be taken later depending on the footfall
SOPs and Social Distancing Norms
- Encourage online ticketing as much as possible
- Fumigation and sanitization of the premises before opening and closing of the monuments
- Thermal screening and sanitizing of staff, officials, guides and tourists at the entrance
- No entry without masks
- Not more than five to six people will be allowed entry at a time. The next group of people will be allowed after a gap of at least five minutes.
- Guards to ensure that tourists follow social distancing norms inside the premise.
- Staff and officials living in the containment zone or curfew area will not report to work.
- Everyone to follow social distancing
- Book shops, souvenir shops and restaurants inside the premises to follow social distancing
- Housekeeping staff will report in shifts
- Tourists will have to stand in especially drawn circles at the ticket window to follow social distancing
(Source: Times of India)
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