After Himachal Pradesh opened its border, tourists have been flocking the beautiful hill state from across the country, which has resulted in overcrowding and breaking of COVID-19 safety protocols. A number of tourists were found breaking COVID protocols in the various parts of the hill state. Given the situation, the Chamba district administration has warned of strict actions against errant tourists.
Chamba is noted for its gorgeous destinations such as Khajjiar and Dalhousie. The Deputy Commissioner of Chamba, on a surprise inspection of these towns, found tourists breaking all the safety protocols. The administration warned ill-behaved tourists of strict action if they do not follow the safety rules shared by the state and the Centre. The administration also distributed masks among tourists.
As of now, the district has identified six tourist attractions where warnings have been issued on an immediate basis. The state government is also set to deploy additional police forces in Dalhousie to make sure tourists follow COVID-appropriate behavior.
The new guidelines issued by the state government also ask stakeholders to follow ‘no mask, no service’ rules and ensure social distancing. Strict action would be taken against the violators.
Meanwhile, Himachal has recorded 93 new COVID-19 positive cases and one death. According to reports, 12 cases have been found in Shimla, 32 cases in Mandi, 13 in Chamba, 22 in Kangra, 4 in Bilaspur, 3 in Hamirpur and 3 Kullu, and 2 each in Una and Solan.