Tourism takes over PA as Covid cases rise – The New Indian Express


Express press service

TIRUPATI/NELLORE: Tourism has once again taken a back seat due to the rapid increase in the positivity rate and Covid cases. Popular for their temples and tourist sites, the districts of Chittoor and Nellore are experiencing a sharp drop in the number of pilgrims and tourists.

As many pilgrims have postponed their visit to the famous Srikalahasti and Kanipakam temples, the hospitality industry is the most affected.

According to the data, Chittoor district, which recorded 742 Covid cases last December, reported 7,812 infections till January 18. “Our goal is to periodically disinfect tourist places and stays, and to ensure that everyone follows the Covid protocols. All measures are in place to ensure the safety of tourists visiting the Chittoor district,” the tourism officials said.

In Nellore District, although the Forestry Department had made elaborate arrangements for visitor safety, tourist movement to Lake Pulicat and the Nelapattu Bird Sanctuary at Sullurupeta was considerably low. “Nelapattu sees many visitors from Tamil Nadu during Sankranti holidays. But this time there was no urgency as the state imposed new restrictions to limit the spread,” said K Naresh, a local.

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