With the constant changes in the travel guidelines, many states have made announcements in regards to the overwhelming crowds of tourists that visited Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Northeast India.
Today the government of Uttarakhand announced that all the tourists visiting Uttarakhand need not carry a Covid-negative test report if they are fully vaccinated. Else everyone will have to present a Covid-negative test report before reaching the state borders. However, this rule was particularly for the tourists traveling by air.
Also, the state government announced extending the ongoing Covid curfew until 27th July. In all the major areas of mass gathering, the occupancy has been reduced by 50%. So, all malls, auditoriums, restaurants, and offices will be allowed to work with only 50% occupancy. Shops will be allowed to open from 8 am until 9 pm.
The governments of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have clearly stated that they do not want to close tourism activities as it is bringing in much-needed revenue to the state. Due to Covid lockdowns in the past and the upcoming possibility of the third wave, there is only a window of a few months for which tourists will visit the hilly areas. Businesses related to the tourism industry are very happy with the incoming tourists.
Once the monsoon season starts, tourism activities will become low. Also, due to the recent landslides and flash floods, the number of people visiting hills has also decreased a little. It seems that in only a few more weeks that tourist activities will continue. There is a good possibility that the third wave will be announced and another long lockdown period will begin.