Kerala's major tourism spots have been opened up to receive travellers, following strict COVID-19 norms. The move is expected to help the tourism sector bounce back after it received a severe blow following COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Bringing much enthusiasm and hope to the travel and tourism sector, the state Tourism Department has decided to throw its doors open to travellers. After months of remaining in lockdown following the spread of COVID-19, the tourism spots were eventually unlocked in two phases to travellers following strict COVID-19 protocols. All tourist destinations in the state except beaches were made accessible to visitors from October 12, 2020. Destinations which have no controlled access, such as beach destinations, were opened to travellers in the second phase, from November 1, 2020.
Further, tourist destinations will welcome domestic tourists as well as other visitors. The first phase saw the reopening of hill stations, backwater destinations, adventure tourism centres, boating facilities and so on. Specific protocols, health checking arrangements and access control measures are being followed at all the destinations. Strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols is ensured at all destinations including social distancing norms, disinfection procedures, mandatory thermal screening of visitors and other safety parameters.
The opening up of the tourism activities has infused much cheer and vibrancy into the sector which was deeply hit following the COVID-19 spread. All the tourist destinations in the state remained closed for over six months to check the spread of the novel corona virus.