As per the latest reports, all the monasteries in Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, have been shut down to contain the spread of deadly Coronavirus.

The five religious spots in the tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti, including Tabo, Kye, Kungri, Dhankar, Tnagud have been closed down until further notice.

Amidst the growing crisis surrounding COVID-19, the natives of tribal districts have decided to adopt social distancing from outsiders. Recently, an emergency meeting was called by the villagers of Kaza, headquarter of Spiti, including homestay owners, panchayats, and hoteliers, wherein a decision was taken that all homestays and hotels in their area will remain closed till the end of May as a precautionary measure. A local from Kaza, who is also a member of the core committee, stated that village-level committees have been formed in around 65 villages of Spiti Valley for surveillance and monitoring.

Spiti shuts down monasteries, hotels, homestays, and adopts social distancing amid COVID-19 spread

During the meeting, it was also decided that they would not be entertaining any migrant labourers, tourists, or any kind of visitors, including skilled labours for construction purposes.

Following social distancing from outsiders, apart from the government officials, it was also decided that the above-mentioned monasteries will remain closed till April 30, and the date might be extended if needed.

These monasteries, being a critical part of the Buddhist Circuit in Himachal Pradesh, attract tons of domestic as well as international tourists. However, because of the growing cases of Coronavirus in the country, the locals in the region uniformly consented to shut down the monasteries, hotels, and homestays for outsiders.

All tourists and outsiders have also been asked to leave the region within three days.

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