By Yogita Malhotra
The government has reopened the historical monuments in Delhi after four chaotic months with riders for visitors– wearing safety masks, keeping to social distancing norms and checking the thermal temperature of visitors before their entry. The entry tickets are available online.
It is an immense relief for Delhiites to heartily enjoy in the lap of the monsoon. Also, the lovers seem to relish the golden opportunity to unite after being separated for months.
According to informed sources, Qutub Minar, which saw around 100 visitors till 5 pm, compared to 113 on Monday, also looked largely deserted, barring couples sitting on stairs or clicking selfies.
Moreover, not only couples but the families who have been exhausted being cooped up in their homes and constantly trying to cope with the horrors of the pandemic, have been willing to step out of their homes.
Nevertheless, it also reflects that the fear of the coronavirus has gripped the minds of people. However, the visitors were not even a tenth of the regular footfalls the monuments usually experienced in pre-Covid times.
This further highlights the crippled state of the anxious citizens who have been surviving the odds and will inevitably have to confront the adverse consequences even in the post-Covid era.
It is no wrong to believe that through the re-opening decisions along with the mandatory safety measures, the government has been trying to merely restore normalcy in the country to alleviate the mental and economic pains of Delhiites as the reopening has provided a ray of hope to the tourist guides and management system whose livelihood etched on the visitors. Hence, it seems that citizens must be wary of how and when they plan their outdoors.