Catering to the lockdown, over 3000 monuments were closed down by the Archaeological Survey of India to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus.
Reopen With Precautions The iconic landmarks of our country are set to resume operations starting Monday, July 6th, 2020. Every monument protected by the ASI including the historic Taj Mahal, Khajuraho temple, Sanchi Stupa, Red Fort, and Qutb Minar is set to open doors to visitors.
The Indian Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Pralhad Singh Patel, officially announced the news on twitter where he tweeted- Photos of Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh), Purana Quila (Delhi), Khajuraho (world heritage monument). "I along with the Ministry of Culture and the ASI have decided that from July 6 all monuments can reopen with precautions,"
Precautionary measures include-
- Monuments and Museums in non-containment zones will be allowed to reopen.
- Ticket windows are not going to function.
- Tickets will be supplied electronically.
- Interior and vulnerable parts of monuments will be restricted.
- Visitors will have to submit their phone numbers at the entry desk.
- Masks and social distancing is mandatory.
- The number of visitors will be capped for overcrowding monuments.
At the State's DiscretionThe minister said the monuments will be opened in “compliance of the state and district administration”. Owing to the spread of Covid-19 within each state, the state governments are free to decide whether or not they want to re-open the local monuments and museums.
The decision comes after the country's religious destinations like Tirumala Tirupati Balaji and others reopened with precautionary measures like PPE kits and enhanced social distancing norms.
You will soon be able to revisit your favorite monuments and soak in the cultural and historic ambiance of the same.
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