Crackdown on Covid rule flout at tourist spots in Bengal
Administrations in several districts across the state are keeping a close watch on tourists and hotels and even cracking the whip on those violating directives that mandate carrying RT-PCR negative reports or complete vaccination certificates while visiting tourist spots.
Hoteliers in some districts have been told to maintain separate registers for reports and certificates.
Officials at tourist places like Digha, Santiniketan and Purulia have directed hoteliers not to allow anyone to check in if they do not have a document to certify complete vaccination or report of a negative RT-PCR test done 72 hours prior to the journey.
The administration in East Midnapore’s popular sea resort Digha has been cracking the whip on tourists arriving without proper documents and went to the extent of sealing a hotel for not adhering to the directive. The administration has also sent back thousands of tourists over the past few days for not possessing the necessary documents.
The strict action has ruffled the feathers of hoteliers in Digha as around 10 per cent of the 600-odd hotels in Digha and Shankarpur had to be shut down in the past few days because of low footfall.
“People are opting for a day tour instead of staying at our hotels to avoid hazards over protocol. This is hitting us hard financially,” said Bipradas Chakraborty, the joint secretary of the Digha-Shankarpur Hoteliers’ Association.
In Bolpur, senior police officers headed by additional superintendent of police Surajit Kumar Dey held a meeting with hoteliers where he directed them to maintain a separate registrar to write down Covid-related information and documents of tourists.