India's federal government on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of people crowding hill stations and other tourist destinations.
India's federal government on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of people crowding hill stations and other tourist destinations in large numbers. A senior federal health ministry official Lav Agarwal referred to the phenomenon as "revenge travel" and warned that violating COVID-19 protocol would undo the gains achieved so far.
Agarwal stressed that only COVID-19 appropriate behavior can contain the virus, and "revenge travel" was dangerous.
"We want to bring it to your notice that virus and infectious disease is still very much there. It is important to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol and a slight violation can spread the virus again. You have seen people in hill stations and markets are moving without following COVID-19 protocol by not wearing masks and it can nullify the gain that we have achieved in terms of management of the COVID-19."
The ministry showed photographs from places like Manali, Shimla and Mussoorie of massive crowds roaming around with no face masks. Similar pictures from Delhi's Sadar Bazar and Dadar market in Mumbai were also shown.