The Taj Mahal reopened for the general public on Monday even as the cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the country. The reopening of the monument comes as a symbolic business-as-usual gesture.
Strict social distancing rules will be imposed and daily visitor numbers will be capped at 5,000, which is a quarter of the normal rate. Tickets can only be bought online.
India’s most popular tourist site, Taj Mahal in Agra city south of New Delhi, usually draws seven million visitors a year, but had been closed since March amidst the pandemic.
“Circles are being marked, the mask would be a must and nobody would be able to enter without thermal screening,” Vasant Swarnkar, a senior archaeologist in charge of Agra’s monuments, told news agency ANI.
Notably, with 5.4 million COVID-19 cases, India is likely to overtake the US to become the country with the highest caseload. Around 100,000 new infections and over 1,000 deaths are reported daily.
Inputs from ANI and Times Now News