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Travel restrictions relaxed in the state of Kerala

Kerala has been one of the worst Covid-19 infected states in India since the beginning of the pandemic.

The government of Kerala has announced today that the restriction on tourists wishing to travel to Kerala will be relaxed. This will allow hotels and homestays to start functioning again and provide the required accommodation to the tourists. This is good news for the ailing tourism economy that has been suffering severely in Kerala.

Kerala has been the worst-hit state in terms of Covid-19 infections. In terms of tourism, hundreds of jobs have been lost since the beginning of the pandemic. Restaurants and café along with wellness retreats have all suffered losses due to the imposed lockdown.

The state government has planned the relaxation according to the areas with their levels of severity. On the basis of the positivity rate, the restrictions will be imposed or relaxed. The relaxations have been given to the areas where the average positivity rate is under 5%. However, despite these relaxations, the state has seen a sudden spike in the last few days which is a great cause of concern along with the fear of the upcoming third wave.

According to the new guidelines, the working staff in the hotels will have to get at least one dose of vaccination and the guests are required to produce the Covid-negative test report done in the last 72 hours upon arrival.

Café’s and restaurants are allowed to operate until 9:30 pm in the designated areas. The government has canceled the mandatory quarantine requirements for visitors. There is no way to know if these guidelines will help tourism in the long run. Places like Himachal Pradesh have seen a tremendous rise in the number of visiting tourists and this has created a possibility of new infections reaching Himachal Pradesh.

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