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Uttarakhand: Covid curfew in Dehradun has been extended till 21st September. Tourists will only be allowed to visit Mussoorie on weekends and must provide negative test report 72 hours before arrival, Dehradun DM R Rajesh Kumar said. 

No more than 15,000 tourists allowed in hotels and other establishments on weekends. No person will be allowed to enter ponds, rivers in Sahastradhara, Guchupani and Mussoorie. “Spitting in public places also banned. 500 to 1,000 will be fined for violation of rules," Kumar said. 

The Dehradun district authorities have stepped up vigilance ahead of possible Covid third wave. On 11 September, Dehradun DM Dr R Rajesh Kumar and SSP Janmejay Khanduri inspected the market, including Mussoorie Mall Road as the authorities received frequent complaints of violation of Covid guidelines. Both the senior officers, who covered the 3-km stretch from Kitab Ghar to Picture palace on foot, issued a stern warning to those who don't wear masks.

They also asked traders not to give goods to the tourists, who are not wearing the masks.

Speaking to ANI, Dr Rajesh Kumar said, "The administration has issued an SOP for Mussoorie and has decided that not more than 15,000 tourists will be allowed to come to Mussoorie during the weekend." He said that the administration is worried about the potential third wave of the coronavirus and found that some shops are serving goods to tourists, who are not wearing masks, adding that next time strict action will be taken if the violators give goods to tourists without masks.

The District Magistrate also told the news agency that they have identified some shopkeepers who violated Covid protocols and they have decided to take legal action against them.

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