Parks, Gardens Re-open Amid Easing Pandemic Curbs in J&K

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Visitors screened before entry, sanitisers made available for general public, low flow witnessed on day-1

Srinagar- The government on Wednesday re-opened the parks and gardens in Jammu and Kashmir for general public after the gap of nearly four months.

The gardens and parks were closed in wake of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, which has claimed over 148 lives and infected nearly 9,000 people so far.

All the public parks and gardens including the Mughal Gardens like Nishat, Shalimar and Cheshma Shahi were re-opened for the general public today, an official spokesman said.

However according to reports very few people were seen visiting otherwise popular gardens like Nishat, Shalimar and Botanical Garden.

According to eyewitnesses that the garden officials were screening the visitors before allowing them entry into the gardens. Besides, the sanitisers were also made available for the visitors at the gardens.

Pertinently, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday decided to re-open all the public parks and gardens across J&K from Wednesday amid strict Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs).

"We have decided to re-open all the parks and gardens across Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow. People are however, supposed to follow SoPs in spirit that include wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing," Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan had said.

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