Goa government has permitted watersports and river cruises in the state after releasing standard operating procedures (SOP) for the same. The SOP has mandated the thermal screening and regular sanitisations. Besides, boats will be allowed for only 50% occupancy and passengers should compulsorily observe physically distancing. Reportedly, only the visitors, who have not contracted the virus in the last 28 days, will be allowed to participate… read-more
Courtesy: The Times of India
Caribbean Nation Cuba is ready to welcome tourists and visitors after easing the lockdown which lasted over seven months. Earlier, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero had informed that 13 provinces of the nation have been permitted to resume tourism. However, Cuban capital Havana has not been provided the approval and will remain closed. PM Marrero further urged the people to follow COVID-19 norms and precautions.
Courtesy: The Times Of India
Following accusations of mismanagement and failure in following COVID-19 norms, Vrindavan's Bankey Bihari Temple authorities have decided to close the temple for an indefinite period. The temple which was earlier shut owing to the pandemic, opened only on October 17, for Navaratri. The first day witnessed a whooping 26,000 devotees which made it tough to impose COVID protocols. Reportedly, many of the devotees also failed to wear… read-more
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to improve and beautify Matheran hill station. Reportedly, the authority has chosen four spots in Matheran to get an upgrade. Improvement of parking facilities in Dasturi Naka-Matheran Route is also on the chart. Reportedly, 35% of the work is completed and MMRDA has ensured that environmental norms are not violated. Besides, street lights and signboards in the region will… read-more
Arunachal Pradesh government has announced the reopening of the state for tourism. Urging visitors to adhere to the SOP, the state's CM Pema Khandu said, "Get mesmerized by [Arunachal Pradesh's] beauty and rejuvenated by the purity of its nature." Reportedly, the state has mandated a COVID negative report not older than 72 hours for entry. Use of masks, Aarogya Setu and… read-more
Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in the African continent, is on fire for the last four days. The government officials and a team of around 500 volunteers are working in tandem to contain the fire. The Tanzania National Park Services (TANAPA) informed that the volunteers have managed to limit the spread of fire. Moreover, no casualties have been reported as of now.
To resume overseas travel and remove quarantine for the visitors, Hong Kong and Singapore on October 15 agreed to set up a bi-lateral air travel bubble. The representatives of the countries announced that it is mandatory for passengers to hold a COVID negative certificate and special flights will be allotted under the agreement. Singapore’s representative said, "It will provide a model for future collaboration with other parts of the world… read-more
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Goa Cabinet on October 14 approved the 'Tourism Policy 2020'. Speaking about the policy, State tourism minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar said the policy aims to give a "proper direction to the industry" and mitigate drugs in the state. He opined that the state should not be seen as a “drug destination.” Cooking in open spaces will be prohibited for tourists. Further, the policy aims to set up a Goa Tourism board.
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The Bannu community, organiser of the Dussehra fair in Dehradun, has decided to cancel the 'Ravan Dahan' this year. The decision was taken citing COVID-19 concerns and the demise of the Bannu community's founder LD Virmani. President of the Bannu Community Harish Virmani stated, "We are planning to organize some symbolic celebrations so that the tradition continues." However, the community is planning to organise some small events to… read-more
Delhi's Akshardham Temple welcomed about 700 devotees on the very first day of the reopening. Despite having the permission to reopen in June, Akshardham Temple waited for further improvement in the COVID-19 situations. Reportedly, the temple is being sanitized periodically and floor markings have also been done to maintain the social distancing. Besides, each devotee has to undergo thermal screening before entering the complex. Sanitisation… read-more
Courtesy: Financial Express