Months after being closed due to Covid-induced lockdown, entry to the historic Taj Mahal reopened today. All centrally protected monuments, museums, and sites closed for around two months due to the Covid pandemic will reopen on June 16, an Archeological Survey of India (ASI) order issued on Monday said.
All guidelines to visiting the Taj Mahal
- Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Entry will be allowed only via online ticket and no tickets counter will open.
- Masks will be mandatory for tourists. They would be sanitized before entering the monument premises.
- A restriction of only 650 people has also been imposed by the Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh. “No more than 650 people will be allowed inside Taj Mahal at a given time. Teams will be deputed to monitor the crowd at all times,” he said.
- Superintending Archaeologist, ASI, Agra Circle, Vasant Kumar Swarnakar told PTI that the monument premises will be sanitized three times a day.
- The visitors would not be allowed to touch any object on the monument premises and they would have to follow social distancing norms,” said Swarnakar.
Meanwhile, a single day rise of 62,224 new corona infections was reported today taking India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,96,33,105 according to the Union Health Ministry data. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,79,573 with 2,542 fresh fatalities.