Amidst the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the government on Tuesday has decided to keep all the public monuments and museums — including the iconic Taj Mahal and Red fort — shut till March 31, Union Minister of Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Patel confirmed via Twitter.
In addition to this, Qutub Minar (Delhi), Archaeological Site Museum (Nalanda), Ajanta and Allora Caves (Aurangabad), Sanchi Stupa, Sun Temple (Konarak), Rani Lakshmi Bai Mahal (Jhansi) among others have also been shut.
Apart from this, more than 200 museums will be closed until the end of this month.
“All ASI monuments and central museums will be shut till March 31 in view of the spread of coronavirus. We are taking this very seriously,” Prahlad Patel wrote on Twitter.
कोरोना वायरस #IndiaFightsCorona को ध्यान में रखते हुए @MinOfCultureGoI ने @ASIGoI के सभी टिकिट वाले स्मारक एवं अन्य सभी,संग्रहालय आगामी ३१मार्च२०तक बंद रखने के निर्देश दिए हैं।संबंधित अधिकारियों से तत्परता एवं सावधानी बरतने की अपेक्षा है @PMOIndia @BJP4India @BJP4MP @tourismgoi
— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) March 16, 2020
Earlier in the day, The Uttar Pradesh also announced that all tourist places in Uttar Pradesh will be closed till March 31, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Last week, the Government of India generated an advisory to urge people to avoid large gatherings. Consequently, most schools and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, have already been closed across the country.