The authorities have made it mandatory to carry their RT-PCR negative reports, or COVID-19 vaccine certificates for all popular destinations in Bengal, including Digha and Mandarmani.

AM Hirani, an officer of Purva Medinipur said, "We issued a notice on Monday directing hotels not to allow tourists if they do not carry either Covid-19 test reports issued 48 hours earlier or certificates of covid-19 vaccination."

This is decided afterseeing the extreme tourism situation in places like Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla and Kullu in Himachal Pradesh. Tourists have now started thronging the famous beach destinations in South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore after authorities in West Bengal eased some restrictions.

Tourists have started flocking to the popular beach destinations again and almost all government hotels fill up on weekends. He further said that in Bakkhali in South 24 Parganas, which is another popular beach destination, there are no rooms available in the coming weekend.

Bipradas Chatterjee, Joint Secretary, Digha Hoteliers Association said, "Times are tough due to the pandemic situation. We would, however, follow the government rules. We will have a meeting of our association members to discuss the issue."

The government also installed rapid antigen kiosks for tourists who did not have documents. All hotels in the area were asked not to allow tourists without documents.


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