Contactless entry into tourist spots in Meghalaya

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 1 | Publish Date: 9/1/2020 1:21:26 PM IST

The Meghalaya Tourism department will soon come out with a ‘Check into Nature App’ for online booking of tickets and contactless entry into tourist spots, three of which, including Ward’s Lake and Elephant Falls in the state capital and Nehru Park at Umiam (Barapani) were re-opened on a trial basis for local visitors from Tuesday.

“Online ticketing and pre-booking of entry tickets is encouraged to avoid crowding at ticket counters while in the initial phase manual tickets can be issued to strictly enforce social distancing and to not exceed the capacity as defined for each tourist destination,” Commissioner and Secretary, Tourism Dr. Vijay Kumar, said.

“The tourism department is conscious of the impact COVID-19 on the growing tourism industry in the state and therefore understands that it is crucial to draw up a detailed SOP for a phase wise re-opening of tourist destinations within the state that reassures all stakeholders involved,” the standard operating procedure (SOP) for tourist destinations issued by Kumar, stated. 

  “The management of the tourist destination shall constitute a COVID- 19 Management Team that shall be responsible for various activities like implementation of crowd management including social distancing, screening of tourists, hygiene and sanitation, awareness and training of staff and visitors as per these guidelines. Each team should appoint a coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating with the State Government,” the SOP said.

 “Based on the carrying capacity, tickets may be issued for defined timeslots (x number of visitors for a defined timeslot for example 1 hour). The duration of opening of the tourist destination should be published and defined,” it said.

Further, the SOP stated that all tourists including drivers shall be strictly screened using thermal gun/scanner by designated trained person at entry by holding the scanner 3 to 15 cm away from the person’s forehead and anybody having fever (equal to more than 37.50C/99.50F), cold, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing shall not be allowed entry and should immediately report to the concerned authorities. They should be politely asked to return, the SOP added.


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