India’s Taj Mahal reopens for visitors after more than 6 months

Sep 22 , 2020. 13 hours ago – 20:45 KYODO NEWS

NEW DELHI – India’s famed Taj Mahal reopened on Monday after being closed for tourists for over six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to local media.

With strict measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a maximum of 5,000 people per day are allowed to visit the historical monument in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Visitors must have their temperatures checked, wear masks, practice social distancing and sanitize their hands, while entry tickets are being sold online rather than over the counter.

As one of the world’s wonders, the Taj Mahal normally attracts about 7 million visitors each year with a large number of foreign tourists, according to local media.

The 17th century monument was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

India now has 5.4 million total confirmed coronavirus cases, with 87,882 deaths to date, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.

The government imposed a nationwide lockdown from late March to the end of May and has been easing restrictions in stages since June.