The beaches, parks and museums in Kerala, which have remained closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be open for the public from Sunday. Incidentally, the state is also celebrating Kerala Piravi (Kerala Day) and is likely to see more visitors to these spots. Earlier in October, Kerala had opened other tourist destinations for the public. Officials of the Tourism Department had said that COVID-19 protocols will be in place as more tourism sectors will be opened for the public.
While opening more tourist sectors will bring relief to various stakeholders, including those who make a living from the sector, signboards are being installed in public places near the tourist destinations that are being opened, listing out the do’s and don’ts. Touchpoint surfaces like handrails, which can be touched by people with their bare hands, will be sanitised regularly, it adds.
The department reportedly also plans to post ‘tourism police’ to help lifeguards. Kudumbashree workers have already been deployed at beaches. Though there is no controlled entry to beaches, security personnel will be deployed at certain points with sanitisers and temperature check facilities.