Beaches in the favorite watering hole of Suratis, Daman to remain open for all days.

Surat: There is some good news for the fun-loving Suratis and people from other districts in South Gujarat heading to the watering hole in the union territory of Daman. The administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (DNH), Daman, and Diu has opened up the beaches, with strict adherence to Covid protocols, for the general public on all weekdays.

Following the increase in the coronavirus cases in the neighboring Gujarat and Maharashtra, the administration had ordered the closure of all the beaches in Daman and Diu for the visitors on the weekend as part of precautions and curb the spread of the deadly virus in the territory.

The secretary of Health and Family Welfare in the union territory issued an order for the effective control and containment of Covid-19 as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on August 3.

According to the order, the beaches and beach roads will be open for the general public on all days, subject to strict enforcement of social distancing and wearing of masks to prevent the spread of infection amongst the crowd. The restaurants, hotels, and resorts will be allowed to function with 50% of dine-in capacity, and that the spas, swimming pools to be allowed to function with strict observance of Covid-19 appropriate behavior.

The tourist inflow in the union territory of Daman and Diu had drastically reduced due to the strict implementation of the Covid-19 protocols and the closure of beaches. The tourists visiting Daman and Diu had to compulsorily submit the RT/PCR report or the Covid-19 vaccination certificate for getting accommodation in the hotels.

A senior officer in the Daman administration told TBT, “The fresh order issued by the secretary of Health and Family Welfare will remain in force until August 31. Fresh guidelines will be issued as per the turn of an event during the possible third wave of Covid-19”

He added, “The Daman police and teams of the health department will be continuously keeping a close eye on the violation of the SOPs and Covid-19 appropriate behavior by the tourists during their visit in the territory on the weekdays”