Published on : Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Last Saturday, the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris was reopened to tourists after being closed for nine months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials from MTR said that the decision to reopen the tiger reserve was taken by the government after consultation with the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden.
However, stringent protocols have been applied to curb the risk of COVID-19 transmission among visitors.
Visitors would have to wear either a triple-layer or N95 mask without fail and would have to undertake a thermal scan before entering. They would need to carry a legitimate ID proof, revealing any existing medical conditions and travel history. Safari vehicles will be permitted to function at 50 % capacity, while rest houses can be occupied by only a maximum of two people and dormitories will be only at 50 % capacity.
Vehicle safaris will be ready between 6.30 a.m to 10 a.m and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The elephant camp will be open to tourists from 8.30 a.m to 9 a.m and from 5.30 p.m to 6 p.m. Only a maximum of 30 people would be allowed to enter.
Those with any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter.
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