ASI monuments – All ASI protected monuments would be reopened for the public from 6th July with entry only through e-tickets, a cap on the number of the visitors, and mandatory wearing of masks, the culture ministry said on Thursday.
In a tweet, the Culture Minister Prahlad Patel told, “I have taken a decision along with the ministry of culture and the ASI to open all monuments from July 6.”
Entry tickets shall be issued by an e-mode and also only e-payments will be acceptable at the monument parking as well as cafeteria.
“There will be a cap on the number of the visitors in select monuments… The visitors shall follow the social distancing. The use of face cover/mask is mandatory. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene and also thermal scanning provisions as well. Only asymptomatic persons are allowed.
ASI monuments – The visiting hours have been divided into the two slots with visitors at most monuments being capped at around 1000 per slot depending on the footfall they receive, as the SOP told.
While the visitors at the Taj Mahal in Agra have been capped at 2500 per slot, at Delhi’s Qutub Minar and Red Fort, a maximum of 1500 visitors will be allowed per slot.
At the Agra Fort in Agra and also Sun Temple in Bhubneshwar, visitors have been capped at around 1200-1300 per slot.
The ASI could restrict the access to vulnerable and also interior parts of any monument whereas visitors shall be asked to stick to the time limits inside the monument, as far as possible, as the ministry told.
No group of photography and also food or eatables shall be allowed inside the premises, as it told.
“Cleaning as well as sanitization of monuments and also museums including toilet blocks, benches, and frequently used surfaces shall be done at regular intervals,” as it told.
According to sources, the culture ministry will also open its museums from July 6.