Gilgit Baltistan (GB) government has officially reopened Skardu for tourism activities after 6 months, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Skardu has confirmed.
However, the GB government has made it mandatory for all tourists to furnish proof of a negative Coronavirus test before entering Skardu.
— Deputy Commissioner Skardu (@DCSkardu) August 10, 2020
Albeit an unpopular order according to the tourists, the decision has been taken to ensure the Coronavirus does not resurge in the northern areas.
According to details, DC Skardu has directed all concerned authorities to ensure compliance with the latest directive along with COVID-19 SOPs such as wearing masks, sanitizing hands, maintaining a safe distance from others.
Tourism activities across Pakistan came to an abrupt halt following the outbreak of Coronavirus in February and subsequent lockdown the next month.
Recently, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar, announced to lift the restrictions imposed in March on the recreational and hospitality industries from 10 August after receiving assent from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in consultation with all provinces during a meeting of National Coordination Committee (NCC).
Asad Umar has also warned tourists heading towards northern areas to ensure compliance with the SOPs enforced by the GB government as the threat of the Coronavirus has not abated completely.
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