Only 50 tourists will be allowed to bathe at Mussoorie's famous Kempty falls with a maximum permissible time of 30 minutes.
The district administration has taken the decision in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, District Magistrate Iva Ashish Shrivastava said.
' There will be a time limit of 30 minutes for each bather, she said, adding an air horn will be used to signal the exit time.
The came a day after viral videos showed a large number of tourists bathing at the falls without wearing masks or maintaining social distancing norms. The video went viral on social media soon and internet users were left aghast at the blatant flouting of Covid-19 norms. With not person caring about wearing a face mask or social distancing, the video gives off vibes of an impending third coronavirus wave, sooner rather than later.
One user was particularly scathing in his comment, “Empty brains at Kempty.”
Another user said, “Have they forgot the months of April and May, the suffering, the fight for breath, struggle for life. Perhaps they were the ones who never experienced such things, they were lucky somehow. But this is disastrous.”
Recently, a similar video posted on social media showed a little boy walking on a crowded street and scolding everyone who was walking without a mask in Dharamshala. The video was originally shared on Instagram and later on Twitter as well.
In the video, the little kid, who is wearing a mask and has no slippers on, is seen holding a plastic stick with which he pokes everyone who passes him by and asks, “Tumhara mask kaha hai?” (Where is your mask?) But unsurprisingly, no one pays much attention to him.
The five-year-old kid named Amit has now been made the local police’s mascot for coronavirus protocols.
(With inputs from PTI and News18)