Director Tourism instructs strict observance of Covid protocol during winter games

Srinagar, Jan 12 : Director Tourism Kashmir GN Itoo impressed upon the stakeholders and officials at famous ski resort of Gulmarg to strictly follow the Covid Mitigation protocols and undertake mass testing of all those who are participating in the winter sports.

Itoo, who visited the ski resort of Gulmarg and held a series of meetings with stakeholders and officials, he impressed upon them the need to strictly follow the Covid mitigation protocol as devised by the Government from time to time, an official spokesman said.

On regulating winter sports activities at the world famous resort, the Director Tourism asked the officers of Tourism Department, local Revenue authorities, Health officials to undertake mass testing of all the participants of batches sponsored by different organisations/Departments for various sporting events.

He also directed that the participants who test positive shall be immediately isolated by the sponsoring organisation /Departments till they complete the quarantine period as per latest SOPs.

He directed the constitution of a special Medical team to be deployed for monitoring all isolation facilities.

The meeting decided to constitute a committee of officers to ensure that sports activities at the resort are carried out as per notified Covid SOPs.

The committee would be headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gulmarg Development Authority and it would have Sub District Magistrate (SDM), Tangmarg, Block Medical Officer (BMO), Tangmarg, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Tangmarg and Assistant Director Tourism, Gulmarg as its members.

Itoo instructed the officers and local authorities to ensure that the children participating in the Winter Games are vaccinated, tested and they follow Covid Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) properly.

He also instructed the children to follow Covid SOPs during their stay, whether in hotels or in other accommodations.

The Director Tourism asked the Municipal Committee Tangmarg to undertake weekly fumigation of all the lodging facilities being used by Winter Sports Organisations/Government Departments.

He also asked the J&K Cable Car Corporation to strictly follow the Covid protocols at the ticketing counters, especially at Kangdori.

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