In an attempt to revive the tourism sector that has been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all the ASI monuments will be reopened to the public from Monday i.e., from 6th July.
As we know on March 17, over 3,400 monuments were shut down by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).
However, some 820 religious places under the ASI were reopened when the government announced a graded exit from the total shutdown under “Unlock1”.
And now the rest of the ASI monuments can reopen, the government has said. But states are free to decide whether to keep them closed based on the corona virus situation.
But the Govt. has also laid some specific guidelines and rules that needs to be followed.
Here are all the details –
- only those monuments which are in non-containment zones will be reopened.
- Entry tickets shall be issued by e-mode.
- only e-payments will be acceptable at the monument parking and cafeteria.
- There will be a cap on the number of visitors in select monuments
- The visitors shall follow social distancing.
- The use of face cover/mask is mandatory.
- Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal scanning provisions.
- Only asymptomatic persons are allowed.
- There shall be designated routes for entry & exit and movement within the monument
- The visiting hours have been divided into two slots with visitors at most monuments being capped at 1,000 per slot depending upon the footfall they receive
- While the visitors at Taj Mahal in Agra have been capped at 2,500 per slot, at Delhi’s Qutub Minar and Red Fort, a maximum of 1,500 visitors will be allowed per slot.
- At the Agra Fort in Agra and Sun Temple in Bhubneshwar, visitors have been capped at 1,200-1,300 per slot.
- At the entrance of every monument /site, all visitors shall share their phone numbers with the person designated for the purpose by the ASI to help in contact tracing if and when required.
- The ASI can restrict access to vulnerable and interior parts of any monument
- There will be a time limit for every visitor inside the monuments
- No group photography and food or eatables shall be allowed inside the premises
- Cleaning and sanitisation of monuments and museums including toilet blocks, benches and frequently used surfaces shall be done at regular intervals
Also, according to sources, the culture ministry will also open it museums from July 6.
So if you are planning an outing then don’t forget these safety measures and do follow the safety rules. Stay safe!