Agra, Sep 22:
Agra’s Taj Mahal was opened to tourists on Monday after 188 days of its COVID-19-led closure.
The Taj Mahal and Agra Fort were closed to tourists from March 17 amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Tourists coming to see the Taj will have to follow the anti-COVID precautions and guidelines issued by the administration and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) because of the COVID-19 spread.
According to the new guideline, a maximum of 5,000 tourists will enter the monument every day and maximum 2,500 tourists will enter the Agra Fort.
Tourists have to book tickets online from the ASI website. Access is being given after scanning the QR code on the monuments. In this regard, officials of the Department of Archeology say that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is being followed at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Tourists will have to make all payments, including parking, digitally.
It will be compulsory for tourists to follow physical distances and wear masks. Tourists have to stay away from the walls and railings of the buildings.
Tourists are allowed to enter the monuments only after their thermal screening and only those with no symptoms are being allowed to enter the premises.