The Nainital administration stopped around 5000 tourists from visiting the hill station due to overcrowding and covid-19 apprehensions.

Officials said that most of the tourists could not show their negative RT-PCR test report, so they were stopped. Also, there was no parking space left in the hill station.

Police official Nainital said that the number of tourists visiting the hill station has increased significantly, but people without negative RT-PCR report are not allowed to enter Nainital.

With the opening of tourist hotspots in the country, thousands of people are planning to visit the mountains to escape the heat. This has led to congestion at several destinations including Nainital and Mussoorie in Uttarakhand and Manali in Himachal. Hotels in all these hill stations are packed to their full potential, and have little or no space for parking.

While most stakeholders in the tourism industry are happy with the congested scenario, it is certainly a worrying situation as far as coronavirus is concerned.

Sandeep Saini, president of Uttarakhand Hotel Association stated that, "It has been months since local hotels had a good business. The industry has suffered a lot and thousands have lost their livelihood. However, everybody has to be careful about Covid guidelines."

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