Section 144 in Rajasthan: Tourism Buoyed

With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the government of Rajasthan decided to impose Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) across 11 districts of Rajasthan in order to curb the rapid spread of corona virus. The districts where it has been imposed include Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Ajmer, Alwar, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Udaipur, Sikar, Pali and Nagaur. The government has also decided to continue the ban on social or religious functions until 31 October but the permission has been granted to allow 20 people to attend funerals and 50 people to attend marriage functions 

Since Section 144 of CrPC prohibits the gathering of more than five persons in a particular place, this has affected greatly the tourism in the state specially in Jaipur. The same was observed when people from neighbouring places like Delhi NCR started visiting the city during the weekend. People have been asked to maintain social distancing and to wear masks at all times. Despite imposing Section 144, it has been a big obstacle for tourism industry. However, some of the isolated destinations across the state have witnessed an increase in the tourism. Even though, some of hotels in certain cities have eased the pressure of shortage of beds.

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