The Government of India is gearing up its citizens for a phase-wise unlock of the country that has tackled with severe lockdown measures for over 60 days following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. In its carefully planned second phase of relaxation, the Centre has given the green light for the reopening of all monuments in the non-containment areas from July 6, subject to compliance with the safety protocols.
Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of Tourism and Culture, said, “Have decided that all monuments can be opened with complete precautions from 6th July.” Out of a total of 3691 ASI-protected monuments, 820 monuments (including places of worship) were opened on 8th June 2020 during the first phase of unlocking.
The popular tourist attractions in Delhi like Dilli Haat, Nature Bazaar, Garden of Five Senses, Azad Hind Gram, and GTB Memorial have reopened their welcoming gates for the tourists from Saturday. The tourism department of Delhi revealed in a statement that there would be free entry for the first 15 days of their opening.
Now, Qutub Minar, Safdarjung Tomb, Hauz Khas complex, Humayun’s Tumayun’s Tomb, Old Fort, and other tourist attractions in Delhi are all set to entertain visitors starting today from 7 am till sunset. However, there is a restriction on the number of people to be allowed inside the monuments.
According to the officials, the sanitation work at these places has been completed, and the security guards have also been provided with masks, gloves, face shields, and sanitizers. The basic social distancing and sanitization precautions need to be mandatorily followed by visitors. All the provisions for Thermal scanning and hand hygiene will be arranged.
Some important guidelines in the SoP issued by The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for reopening the centrally protected monuments are as follows:
- All the protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the State and/or District administration are to be strictly implemented.
- A face mask is compulsory.
- Entry tickets, for the time being, shall be issued by e-mode only to avoid physical contact.
- Visitors must share their contact numbers at the entrance, for the purpose of contact tracing when required.
- Group photography and eatables will not be permitted inside the premises.