Anticipating a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases inĀ Spiti Valley in the upcoming winter months, the locals have unanimously decided to close doors for tourism till March 31, 2021. By Kumar Shree

As per latest reports, Spiti Valley has recorded a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases. Not just that, officials also claim of finding traces of community transmission in the valley. Owing to these recent developments, the locals have decided to shut the valley for all tourism activities till March 31, 2021.

As reported by The Indian Express, a circular from the Spiti Tourism Society reads, “It is with regret that we inform all travellers that Spiti valley is closed for all kinds of tourism activities till March 31, 2021. Tourism in the valley will resume from April 1. The decision has been taken unanimously after multiple meetings with the native population and stakeholders, including hoteliers, homestay owners, guides and travel associates to keep Spiti residents and tourists safe.”

Even though the step will result in a huge loss of revenue amounting to crores of rupees, but it is necessary for the region, especially, after the recently noted spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. Earlier, the locals were in favour of keeping the valley open through November, but the current situation has chalked out a different approach.

 

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The onset of winter in the high-altitude region has made the matter even worse. When extreme winters set in, it will become impossible to contain the spread by adhering to the usual Coronavirus protocols. Hence, it is in the best interest of everyone to keep the region off-limits for travellers during the extreme winter season.

Many other factors such as lack of proper infrastructure, healthcare facilities and geographical layout of the region also contributed to the decision. We sincerely hope that Spiti Valley reopens for travellers in April next year.

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