The Tourism Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran recently informed that there will be entry of domestic tourists from September, but with restrictions. Also, he announced a loan scheme of ₹450 crores. This is to support the state’s tourism sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme is known as the Chief Minister’s special tourism loan fund.
So, the small ventures of travel industry can avail up to ₹ 3 lakhs from the scheme. Entrepreneurs can get loans up to ₹25 lakhs. Kerala will be open to domestic travellers from September 1.
Conditions: Minimum 3 Days & COVID Negative Certificates Stay Mandatory
Kerala is allowing tourists from September 1 and with restrictions. As per new guidelines, the stay must be for a minimum of 3 to 5 days. Also, one needs to present COVID-19 negative certificates with the booking receipt for accommodation.
The Minister states “The plan is to reopen the tourism sector as early as possible. We’ve opened the temples with restrictions. Similarly, tourist centres will also have reasonable restrictions.” IMA-Cochin president Dr Rajeev Jayadevan informed media houses “we can allow individuals, couples and families but there can be no conventions or campfires”. He added, “On the one hand you have health and on the other sustenance. In this case, we need to ensure that both go together without affecting the other.”
Masks Mandatory For Tourists
The department of tourism will offer a 50 per cent subsidy for the initial year of the loan term. For workers, they can avail soft loan of ₹20,000 to ₹ 30,000 from Kerala Bank. Also, the minister has notified that a ₹100 crore project with the bank is at the preliminary stage. Kerala issued new COVID rules that needs to be followed till 2021 on June 5, 2020.
The rules include Wearing masks, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance from others, refraining from spitting in public, among many others.
Festivals Cancelled To control COVID-19 Spread
This year, state’s biggest temple festival ‘Thrissur Pooram’ and the snake boat race did not happen due to coronavirus.
Also, when the ban uplifts, visit the Backwaters of Alleppey in Kerala. Surrounded by towering palm trees, it is a paradise onEarth. So, as soon as it opens, add the God’s own country to your list.