Now Gulmarg out of bounds for weekend picnic

Now Gulmarg out of bounds for weekend picnic
A panoramic view of tourist destination Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla. Irshad Khan for Greater Kashmir

Baramulla: In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 at the tourist destination Gulmarg, the Baramulla District Magistrate on Thursday imposed a ban on the entry of local day-picnickers during the weekend.

As per the order, only those vaccinated persons possessing negative RAT or RTPCR reports conducted within 48 hours will be allowed to enter the tourist destination Gulmarg.

Those tourists, having pre-booking of hotels, have been exempted from the ban. “The tourists, who have pre-booking of hotels, guest houses, huts etc are exempted from the ban and will be allowed to enter the destination on weekends,” read the order issued by the Baramulla District Magistrate.

In order to strictly ensure the use of masks at the scenic locale, the enforcement squads were asked to “fine those found without masks.”

“Any person found without a mask will be imposed a fine of Rs 1000 by the enforcement squads,” further read the order.

The Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) were asked to strictly enforce the order.

The weekend ban in tourist destination Gulmarg came two days after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the presence of huge crowds at hill stations and markets that too without masks.

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had earlier said that the third wave was inevitable. It had also expressed concern over mass gatherings across the country and stressed that tourist bonanza, pilgrimage travel, religious fervour were needed but could wait for a few more months.

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