BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Come October 2 and all zoos in West Bengal will throw open their gates for the visitors, the Mamata Banerjee government has announced on Friday. The government also issued a fresh notification mentioning that all amusement parks and gardens in the state will be reopened for public from September 23. However, all entry tickets and bookings will be made online.
Meanwhile, visitors aged less than 10 years or than 65 years are advised to travel as per restriction guidelines. Also, wearing of face cover and following all norms of social distancing are mandatory for all.
“All public places under the control of Forest Department in West Bengal were closed for visitors with effect from 17th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the effect of the pandemic is still being felt, in view of the graded unlocking and requirement to restart economic and related activities thereby mitigating avoidable hardships to various stakeholders, it has been decided to allow public to access various establishments of the Forest Department with appropriate restrictions in view of the Pandemic,” the government notification stated.
“The following guidelines are to be accordingly followed at all such locations, in addition to any local restrictions imposed on account of containment zones and other general restrictions for COVID19 as notified by the Government from time to time,” it said.
However, there will be no elephant safari at any locations till further order.
At the entry gates, temperature of the visitors will be checked. Any guest whose body temperature is higher than normal will not be allowed to enter. No refund will be given for such guests on the entry fee, if already paid.
The number of visitors inside enclosed food centres has been restricted to 30% of the capacity. For services like toy train and safari vehicles, the capacity has be reduced to ensure that passengers do not occupy adjoining seats.