Mussoorie, the Queen of Hills, will remain inaccessible to travellers for another few weeks. Considering the alarming rise in COVID-19 infection in the country, the city hoteliers have decided not to open hotels in Mussoorie till June 30. Recently, the Uttarakhand government made it mandatory for tourists arriving in the state to undergo quarantine upon arrival. So, the hoteliers do not expect many tourists till the end of June in the hill town.

The Mussoorie Hotels Association (MHA) has issued an advisory to all hotel members, asking not to open the hotels till the end of June.

MHA secretary Sanjay Aggarwal said that June used to be the peak tourist season for Mussoorie but now the association had issued an advisory to all hoteliers to keep their hotels shut till June 30 and any further decision would be taken after a review.

However, if anyone still wishes to open their hotel, they can do so provided they follow the Coronavirus norms laid down by the government. Local traders in the hills are also facing repercussions of lockdown and they believe that with hotels shut and no tourists, very little business for traders is expected during this time.

Jageet Kukreja, secretary of Mussoorie Traders Association said, “Tourism activity during June will dip as the hotels are shut. The worst affected are garment shops, gift shops, footwear stores, and other shops selling non-essential items.”

Uttarakhand has recorded 2301 Coronavirus positive cases and 27 deaths till now. On the other hand, Mussoorie recorded its first COVID-19 case in the month of May, when three people including a local woman tested positive for the virus. The three had returned to Uttarakhand from various parts of India.

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