Kashmir Indepth

No decision yet on reopening of tourist places, ‘COVID cases increasing, for some time it may not happen’: Div com Kmr

Ishtiyaq Ahmad

Srinagar, June 24 (KINS): The Divisional administration Kashmir Wednesday said that it has not decided yet on a date for the reopening of tourist places in the prevailing coronavirus situation.

One of the top officials told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS),that the protocols for the reopening are being studied by the authorities. “Before reopening of the tourist places we will ensure that all protocols, especially those relating to health, are at a point where they can militate against the risk of reopening,” the official said.

Pertaining to the protocols, the official informed that the tourism department, divisional administration with other stakeholders has been working to establish the necessary protocols.

He said that the authorities were closely monitoring various developments in the present Covid-situation. “Whatever protocols are finally decided will be immediately communicated to the public, then we will start with a trial phase, and then with a final reopening of tourist places,” he said.

According to the official, other states have already started preparing their own protocol, hence Jammu and Kashmir must also be ready, especially given that the people who are employed in the sector are anticipating the reopening.

Another official said that the government has drafted new standard operating procedures (SOPs), however, the same would be approved and notified at an appropriate time after consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

The official however said that they were confident that within a short period of time and in consultation with all the stakeholders and partners they will be able to announce a specific date that will begin with the opening of the tourist places.

When KINS contacted Divisional commissioner Kashmir PK Pole he said that the administration will inform the public once the decision will be taken regarding the reopening of tourist places. “Currently cases are increasing so it may not happen for some time but yes we will inform you once the decision will be taken,” he told KINS. (KINS)

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