Tourists can now visit Puducherry as the government has decided to reopen with 50% capacity. The district was open from July 16 onwards as the infection rate started to come down. While Puducherry is under lockdown until July 31, the government has decided to open some tourist destinations such as the Botanical Gardens, and Chunnambar Boathouse.
In a statement, Public Works Minister, K Lakshminarayanan said, “We decided to reopen tourist spots with 50 per cent capacity with strict instruction to comply with Covid-19 appropriate behaviour. The government-run Chunnambar Boathouse, a private boathouse and other tourist spots resumed operations from Friday. On day one of reopening, the collection at the government boathouse stood at 89,000. Tourists started visiting Puducherry in large numbers after the second wave of infection started subduing. We can witness Puducherry returning to normalcy slowly from this weekend.”
Apart from these destinations, the territory has also been permitted to reopen bars and restaurants which are housed within hotels, guest houses and lodges. The government has also planned for doorstep delivery of alcohol to reduce the crowd in liquor stores.
“If people are unruly we will revive special wings like tourist police to ensure compliance.” Said K Lakshminarayanan where he has also said Puducherry is planning to grant permission for all activities.