Kerala has recently announced to reopen its tourism for domestic travellers from September 01, 2020. Travel enthusiasts can now pack their bags as Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and now the God’s Own Country - Kerala is all set to open its door for tourists from next month. The tourism in Kerala would open in a phased manner. A set of guidelines has been issued by the government for the same.
The first coronavirus case in India was reported in Kerala on January 30, 2020. Now the total count of cases in Kerala is around 59,504 with 235 deaths. To know in detail about the coronavirus outbreak in India check latest COVID-19 updates. In order to combat the spread of the virus various states and Union Territories In India are cancelling their major festivals. Popular festivals in Kerala namely state’s biggest temple festival ‘Thrissur Pooram’ and ‘Snake Boat Race’ got cancelled this year due to coronavirus. The festival displays caparisoned elephants, parasols and percussion music. The snake boat race is a popular monsoon festival in Kerala that draws people from all parts of India.
Kerala tourism to open in a phased manner
Kerala depends highly on tourism. The tourism industry is on the verge of a collapse after reduced income for the last 4-5 months. Hospitality industry comprises travel, hotels and resorts that employs around 20 lakh people. The closure of the hospitality business has led to countless job and financial losses. To help the tourism industry recover from COVID-19, the Kerala government has announced a loan scheme of Rs. 450 crores to support the state’s tourism sector affected by the pandemic. The scheme is known as the Chief Minister’s special tourism loan fund. It will be beneficial to both business leaders and employees in this sector. While small ventures in the travel industry can avail up to Rs. 3 lakhs from the scheme, entrepreneurs can get loans up to Rs. 25 lakhs as the tourism season in Kerala begins from September and lasts till March.
Kerala has issued new travel guidelines for domestic tourists visiting the state for Onam 2020 celebrations from September 01. Tourists visiting Kerala need to adhere to the guidelines given below:
Initially tourism in Kerala will be open only to the domestic tourists. Hotels will not be allowed to reopen their entire property to the tourists but only a part of it in order to avoid the spread of the virus.
Spitting in public places, roads and footpaths is strictly prohibited.
Earlier the state was permitting 7-day entry to the state without the mandatory quarantine. But now according to the new guidelines every tourist needs to present COVID-19 negative certificate, booking receipt of accommodation and must stay in the state for a minimum of 3-5 days.
All the tourists must wear face covers or masks to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
Every person must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others in all public places.
After the reopening of the tourism sector in Kerala from September 01, 2020, vacationers can visit the backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala that will surely remind you of Venice. The sight of the pristine backwaters of Alleppey surrounded by towering palm trees perfectly fits into the definition of a paradise on Earth.
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