Tourism takes backseat in AP as Covid cases increase

As many pilgrims have postponed their visit to the famous Srikalahasti and Kanipakam temples, the hospitality industry  is the worst-hit. 

Published: 20th January 2022 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th January 2022 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

A Kanaka Durga temple employee sanitises the temple premises on Wednesday | P Ravindra Babu

Express News Service

TIRUPATI/NELLORE: Tourism has yet again taken a backseat as a result of the rapid increase in Covid positivity rate and cases. Popular for their temples and tourist sites, Chittoor and Nellore districts are seeing a sudden fall in the footfall of pilgrims and tourists.   

As many pilgrims have postponed their visit to the famous Srikalahasti and Kanipakam temples, the hospitality industry  is the worst-hit. 

According to data, Chittoor district, which saw 742 Covid cases last December, reported 7,812 infections till January 18. “Our focus is on periodically sanitising tourist locations and stays, and ensure that everyone follows the Covid protocols. All measures are in place to ensure safety of tourists visiting Chittoor district,” said tourism officials. 

In Nellore district, though the forest department has made elaborate arrangements for the safety of the visitors, the tourist movement to Pulicat lake and Nelapattu bird sanctuary in Sullurupeta was significantly low. “Nelapattu sees many visitors from Tamil Nadu during Sankranti holidays. But this time there was no rush as the state has imposed fresh restrictions to restrict the spread,” said K Naresh, a local.

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