Kerala enabling tourism revival with strict measures

Published on : Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Kerala is enabling revival of the tourism industry. All tourist destinations in the State, except beaches, will reopen for visitors and domestic tourists from Monday after remaining closed for more than six months due to restrictions for limiting COVID-19.

The state government has permitted visitors and domestic tourists to the hill stations, adventure tourism centres, Ayurveda centres, and backwater destinations. Houseboats, safari, and speed boats will also be available for tourists from Monday.

The Kerala government has issued orders for the two-phase opening up of the tourism sector following all COVID-19 protocols. Visitors and domestic tourists will be allowed at beach destinations only in Phase II, beginning on November 1.

Domestic tourists need to register on and will have to follow the COVID-19 rules. Those exhibiting symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection should not travel to Kerala. Domestic tourists will have to wear masks, ensure physical distancing of two meters, and use sanitizers while in Kerala.

Domestic tourists visiting Kerala for up to seven days need not undergo quarantine. Those holidaying in the state for more than seven days need to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate or undergo a test right away on reaching the state. Domestic tourists failing to do so will have to go through a seven days’ quarantine.

Minister for Tourism Kadakampally Surendran said that the decision to reopen the sector has been taken to ease the despair faced by the stakeholders, in line with the steps taken by other states. The Kerala government has also laid down the steps to be followed at the tourist destinations for restricting the spread of the pandemic. Thermal scanners will be used for checking body temperature and details of the visitors would be recorded. The Deputy Director and Secretaries of the District Tourism Promotion Councils have been asked to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are followed at tourism destinations.

Room reservation and entry at adventure tourism centers are encouraged via online booking.

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