In a breather for travelers amidst the coronavirus outbreak, Darjeeling, a hill station in West Bengal, has reportedly opened its doors for tourist activities. According to reports, the Gorkha Territorial Administration formed a select committee to look into the concerned matter. The committee also consisted of various other individuals, including district administration, hotel owners etc.
Nestled amidst lush green tea plantations, Darjeeling suffered a significant blow due to the nationwide lockdown from March 25. Since the city thrives on tourism, many people from the hospitality industry had to shut shop. The three-month period, led the autonomous administrative body of GTA to allow hotels to operate to revive a crumbling economy.
According to reports, head of the Gorkha traditional administration, Binay Tamang, stated that the decision to open up hotels as Darjeeling survives on tourism. Tamang said it was a huge risk they were taking, but it was a necessary call to stay afloat.
Prudent call by Darjeeling Authorities
Even though Darjeeling is opening up its doors for domestic tourists, every person entering the city will have to furnish a negative COVID-19 certificate, maintaining that they are healthy. According to reports, every tourist will be subject to COVID-19 screening at two different points before reaching Darjeeling.
Every hotel has been given strict instructions to follow standard operating procedures laid down by the central government. Also, every guest will have to undergo COVID-19 screening procedures at the hotel’s entrance. Failure to comply with rules will lead to a temporary closure of hotels in the highly popular tourist destination.
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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi