Rohtang Tunnel, Lahaul-Spiti closed for tourists till April 2021; night curfew imposed in Shimla, Manali and other hill stations

Rohtang Tunnel, Lahaul-Spiti closed for tourists till April 2021; night curfew imposed in Shimla, Manali and other hill stations

Although Himachal Pradesh’s Lahaul-Spiti valley beckons tourists in high numbers during the winter season, those who had planned a trip this year will have to postpone it for another six months. According to the reports, tourists are barred from entering the region till April 2021, considering the sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Lahaul-Spiti.

Reportedly, a police check-post has been set up at Sissu to stop outsiders from visiting the valley. Meanwhile, the Rohtang Tunnel, which links Manali to Lahaul-Spiti, will be accessible only to the locals.

Rohtang Tunnel, Lahaul-Spiti closed for tourists till April 2021; night curfew imposed in Shimla, Manali and other hill stations

Deputy Commissioner Lahaul-Spiti, Pankaj Rai, told a leading publication that sub-zero temperatures, lack of medical facilities, high altitude etc. may cause severe damage to public health in the region if Corona cases go unchecked. Moreover, due to the change in lifestyle of people and severe climatic conditions, people stand vulnerable to the virus.

News has it that the authorities in Keylong have also banned public gatherings of more than four under Section 144. The Himachal government may also enforce night curfew at Corona such as Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Mandi.
Apparently, this also means all homestays and tourist accommodations will stay shut in Spiti for the year 2020. On the other hand, hotels and tourist properties have restarted operations in other parts of Himachal, considering it is a peak holiday season. Bars and restaurants have been allowed to reopen in the state but with strict health and safety norms.

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