Jaipur: Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city, the archeological department has decided to extend the visiting hours for all the monuments and heritage sites including Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort and Nahargarh Fort. The people can now visit these monuments from 9 am to 5 pm. Earlier, there was a two-hour break in the visiting hours in the wake of the COVID-19 situation. The department officials has asked the management of these monuments to put in place elaborate arrangement to ensure social distancing guidelines.
According to an officer, the orders have come into effect on Wednesday. “The footfall of tourists at all monuments and heritage sites is increasing. We have decided to extend the visiting hours so that people can visit these monuments and things can go back to normal. We will ensure social distancing guidelines strictly,” said the officer.
The department was incurring revenue loss due to the 2-hour break.
Tourism industry in Jaipur is worst hit by COVID-19 and this step will likely come as a relief. On Tuesday, Jaipur reported 245 new COVID-19 cases. As many as 1370 people tested positive for the virus across the state. The total number of positive cases has gone up to 73325. There are 14219 active cases. On Tuesday, the virus claimed 13 more lives, taking the death toll in the state to 980.