Hoteliers Club hold meeting with DC Sgr 

Discuss plans, preparations in view of rising Covid19 cases 

Srinagar, April 8 (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir Hoteliers Club on Thursday held a meeting at TRC Srinagar with DC Srinagar, SMC Commissioner, Director Tourism, Director Health, SSP Tourism and Disaster Management.

In the meeting it was decided that all incoming travellers who are traveling by road shall undergo testing at Lower Munda.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammed Aijaz Asad in a meeting reviewed Covid-19 related situation at TRC.

He said that the testing for travellers coming by road will be started in a couple of days and will help in containing the spread of virus in the Valley.

"Mass vaccination of hotel staff, drivers, houseboat staff and others concerned with the tourism sector as frontline workers shall be started across all tourist destinations," said Aijaz.

He said that a special Covid-19 related training programme shall be conducted for the staff members to ensure that all SOPs are followed strictly while dealing with tourists  and catering their services to the tourism sector.

Aijaz Asad urged the tourism stakeholders to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene in all hotels besides keep two rooms available for isolation of tourists in case they test positive.

While speaking to Rising Kashmir, Secretary General of JKHC Tariq Rashid Ghani said that the Hoteliers will follow all the SOPs as adhered by the government.

"We have already kept two rooms for the isolation of the travellers but today the members requested DC Srinagar to hire two hotels as paid quarantine," said Tariq.

He said that we can use these hotels as complete paid quarantine centres, so that we can put positive patients there.

"This way the hotels will run smoothly as there will be no hindrance to the people staying in hotels," said Tariq.

Various tourism stakeholders from Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg also attended the meeting and shared various concerns.

DC Srinagar ensured that the SOPs will be followed strictly and no lockdown would be put into place so that the tourism could run smoothly.(KNS)

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