In a move to rescue the tourism industry, the Kerala government has decided to open all the tourist destinations within the state, except beaches, for visitors from Monday after remaining closed for over six months due to restrictions to contain the coronavirus infection.
Hill stations, adventure and black water tourism spots will welcome travellers from Monday. Beaches will open from November 1, said Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
This comes amid Kerala witnessing a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the last few days. Kerala’s Covid-19 caseload mounted to 2,87,202 with 9,347 fresh infections today because the toll crossed the 1,000-mark with 25 fatalities, Health Minister KK Shailaja said.
In the last 24 hours, as many as 61,629 samples were tested and specimens of 8,924 people returned negative, taking the entire recoveries so far to 1,91,798 while 96,316 people are presently undergoing treatment, the Minister said in a press release.
There are guidelines which tourists in Kerala need to follow like, the travellers will have to follow all the Covid-19 protocol strictly while visiting the tourist spots.
Tourists who are entering Kerala for short trips spanning less than seven days don’t need a coronavirus negative certificate, but If the tourists don’t seem to be returning after seven days, they need to undergo coronavirus tests spending money from their own pockets, also they have to produce Covid-19 negative certificate or undergo tests immediately after entering the state.
Otherwise, they’ll need to remain in quarantine for seven days. Use of masks and sanitizer and maintaining the social distance of two metres is mandatory. If the tourists develop virus symptoms during their travel, they must contact DISHA helpline and seek the help of medical experts.
All tourists visiting Kerala must register on www.covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in.