Gulmarg tourist destination out of bounds for local day-picnickers on weekends

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Srinagar, Jul 15 (PTI) Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district Thursday imposed a ban on the entry of local day-picnickers in the tourist destination of Gulmarg during weekends to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

'No local day-picnickers shall be allowed to enter tourist destination Gulmarg on weekend days (Saturday and Sunday),' Baramulla Deputy Commissioner Bhupinder Kumar said in an order issued in his capacity as the chairperson of the District Disaster Management Authority.

The order said that the curbs were being imposed under The Epidemic Diseases Act 1987 and Section 34 of National Disaster Management Act 2005 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the tourist attraction city.

According to the order, only tourists with confirmed pre-bookings of hotels, guesthouses or huts will be allowed to enter the tourist resort frequented by locals and visitors alike.

Only vaccinated persons or those with negative COVID-19 test report not older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter, it added.

The order also reiterated that anyone found roaming without mask will be fined Rs 1,000.

Gulmarg is the third tourist destination after Pahalgam in Anantnag district and Sonamarg in Ganderbal district put off-limits for local tourists during weekends. PTI MIJ TIR TIR

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