- Title: Boating resumes after months of COVID shutdown in India's picturesque town
- Date: 29th August 2021
- Summary: KODAIKANAL, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (AUGUST 29, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) PEOPLE OUTSIDE BOAT HOUSE SIGNBOARD READING IN ENGLISH PEOPLE SANITIZING THEIR HANDS AND UNDERGOING THERMAL SCREENING BEFORE ENTERING PEOPLE AWAITING THEIR TURN FOR BOATING SIGNBOARD SHOWING RATES FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF RIDES IN ENGLISH AND TAMIL VARIOUS OF TOURISTS ENJOYING BOAT RIDES (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST, AKASH, SAYING: "I wasn't able to visit last year because of the lockdown. So right now, we thought that we would make use of the relaxations and come here and have a good time or something. And yeah... it's been pretty safe around here. The police checked us before entering here, checked our vaccination and whatever. In the boathouse even, they provided us with sanitizers and they checked our masks. So, it's pretty safe around here, the police are really good with their regulations." TOURISTS GATHERED NEAR BOATS MAN PUTTING ON LIFE JACKET VARIOUS OF TOURISTS ENJOYING BOATING (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST, RANGANATHAN, SAYING: "Probably this is the first time, I am visiting Kodaikanal after a long time and it has been a while since I was here. It's almost been four months since it opened up and this is the first time they are opening I guess. You know, the boathouse is one of the main attractions in Kodaikanal. And I think it's the most epic scenery, we can, you know, view. So, I feel really good." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE ENJOYING BOATING
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- Keywords: COVID-19 India Kodaikanal Madurai Tamil Nadu boating coronavirus economy lake tourism
- Location: KODAIKANAL, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- City: KODAIKANAL, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text: Boating resumed in the star-shaped Kodaikanal lake in India's southern picturesque town of the same name, on Sunday (August 29) after months of shutdown due to COVID-19 related restrictions.
India faced one of its worst surge in coronavirus infections during the second wave that began in April and lasted throughout the summer. This prompted the local authorities to shut down leisure activities especially related to tourism to prevent the spread.
Tourists were seen undergoing thermal screening and sanitizing their hands before going to the boating area. However, mask and distancing discipline was scarce at the lake.
India on Sunday reported 45,083 new coronavirus infections, according to data from the health ministry, as cases continued to surge in the southern state of Kerala.
The country's total COVID-19 cases stood around 32.7 million.
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