In the wake of the tourism influx to the hilly region of Himachal Pradesh to welcome a new year, the state government and health department have issued directions to local authorities in all districts to execute covid19 protocols strictly in the regions.
“The trains on Kalka-Shimla heritage railway track are full to its capacity. The Railway authorities in Shimla are trying to implement the Covid-19 protocol amid the surge in Omicron cases” “These days we have a good number of tourists; there is 95 percent occupancy in trains. As far as the Omicron variant is concerned, we follow the protocol. The passengers are happy and enthusiastic, following the Covid-19 guidelines. We are expecting this tourist season will provide a good business to all as we have full occupancy till January 10, and after that, the snowfall will draw more tourists.” Said Joginder Singh, Superintendent of Shimla Railway Station.
According to Himachal Pradesh health minister Dr. Rajiv Saizal, the state government has already conducted meetings with aid. The Chief Minister had already conducted meetings with the Deputy Commissioners of all districts, and directions were given to implement appropriate Covid-19 behavior.
“So far, there was one Covid-19 Omicron case in the state, and that too has now been reported Negative. The government does not want to impose any restrictions on tourism as it is a source of income for hundreds of people in the state.” Said the minister to the press.