Amid rapid surge in coronavirus cases, monuments re-open in Delhi

Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and a host of other centrally-protected monuments in Delhi were reopened for visitors on Monday after being shut for over three months due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Let's take a look:

Safety measures

Few primary safety measures such as social distancing circles, thermal scanning of visitors, and setting up of sanitiser dispensers are to be followed. 


Masks mandatory

Wearing of masks will be mandatory and no one will be allowed to enter without it according to the health officials.


Monuments protected under ASI

There are 173 monuments in Delhi protected under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). It includes three UNESCO World Heritage Sites -- Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar and Safdarjung Tomb, Purana Quila, Tughlaqabad Fort and Firoz Shah Kotla.



The timing of the monuments till now has been kept the same starting from around 7 am till sunset. 

As many as 3,691 centrally-protected monuments and archaeological sites maintained by the ASI were shut from March 17 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Extra precaution

As Delhi's coronavirus figures crossed the 1 lakh-mark, monuments are taking extra precaution to assure the safety of tourists. Security guards at the entry-level have also been given mask, gloves, face shield, and sanitiser.