Guwahati: Assam’s World Heritage site Manas National Park is first among the five National Parks in the state to reopen for tourists on Friday with strict COVID-19 protocols.
The park which usually closes for tourists in April had to shut the gates from March 17 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to park authorities, strict COVID-19 guidelines, including mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing must be maintained while entering the park.
Only three persons would be allowed in the jeep safari inside the park.
The authorities have taken all measures, including the sanitisation of lodges and vehicles, to ensure the safety of tourists.
The inflow of foreign tourists to the park was expected to be less due to the pandemic but the authorities hoped that domestic tourists would arrive and follow the mandatory COVID protocols.
The park was formally declared open by principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) AM Singh at a function held in connection with the 66th Wildlife Week organized by the MNP authorities at Salbari in Baksa district.