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Tourists who violate Covid-19 preventive regulations at Nainital will be fined

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To check the spread of Covid-19 in the famous tourist town of Nainital on the Uttarakhand hill during Christmas and New Years, the municipal body of the city has decided to issue challans to tourists who do not follow the preventive regulations of the Covid- 19.

Tourists who do not wear masks or do not maintain social or physical distance will be challenged.

According to the officials, following the instructions of the Uttarakhand High Court, a district monitoring committee was formed in Nainital to prevent further spread of the coronavirus disease. The committee has instructed the police, administration and municipal bodies to strictly ensure that proper Covid-19 behavior is followed in the upcoming tourist season.

The additional district magistrate, KS Toliya, has ordered all civic bodies, including Nainital, Bhowali and Ramnagar Palika, Bhimtal, Kaladhungi, Lalkuan Nagar panchayat, to conduct an inspection and challenge tourists not to follow the rules.

CS Martoliya, municipal commissioner of the Haldwani-Kathgodam municipal corporation, confirmed the development and said: “We will carry out campaigns to ensure that tourists wear masks and follow social distancing. Different teams have been made to check tourists from other states. If they are found to be violating the rules, they will be fined. “

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In August, the Uttarakhand government announced that those who do not wear masks in some places will be fined between 200 and 500 rupees. First time offenders will have to pay a fine of Rs 200 and second time offenders will have to pay a fine of Rs 500.

Uttarakhand has so far reported more than 76,000 Covid-19 cases, of which more than 69,000 have been successfully recovered. The positivity rate in the state is now 5.51 percent and so far more than 1,200 Covid-19 positive patients have died in the state. Dehradun district has so far reported the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases (22,149) followed by Haridwar (12,295), US Nagar (10,410) and Nainital (8,799). The state health department has so far evaluated 13.96 lakh people, of which the results of more than 16,900 are pending.

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