The Andaman and Nicobar government authorities have taken the judgment to shut down all visitor spots till March 26, 2020. This measure has been taken to iron out all prospects of Coronavirus transmission in the group of archipelagos.
As per a circular released by the Andaman and Nicobar administration, all tourism movements on beaches, jetties, eco-tourism sites, museums, and water sports activities, have been halted till the midnight of March 26, 2020.
In add-on, tourist places as well as the Cellular Jail (including light and sound show), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island (involving light and sound show), Neil, Havelock, Baratang islands along with others have also prohibited entry for tourists.
According to the most recent news reports, the administration has told all visitors to postpone their visit to the islands for the following few weeks and tour agencies have been requested to guide tourists as per the directives.
News has it that all modes of transport, involving ships, under the Directorate of Shipping Services (DSS), private boats, government-owned buses and private buses will be permitted to work for the local people. The transport vehicle will be operating at 50 per cent capacity and will have ‘staggered seating’ to keep a gap between the passengers during travel. Also, the transport staff have been asked to wash their vehicles prior to and after every trip.
The North Sentinel Island is an unusual island, creating a part of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal region. It is the habitat of a tribe as old as 60,000 years. It is thought that if at all COVID-19 spreads among them, it could turn out to be fatal since such tribes do not like to keep any interaction with the outside world.
Reportedly, the administration has put a limitation on the number of vehicles passing through the tribal reserve areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in such areas.