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Local govt bars tourists from entering Everest region

File: Lukla Airport

Kathmandu, October 22

The Khumbu Pasanglhamu rural municipality in Solukhumbu district has shut tourism activities within the jurisdiction of the local government.

It means regular flights from and to the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, the busiest airport in the region, will be affected. Most of the tourists, domestic and foreign alike, have been using this airport to access the trekking routes in the area.

Citing the number of coronavirus positive cases increased in the region, the local government wrote a letter to all airline companies and helicopter service providers on Thursday, informing they cannot bring any tourists in the region. They, however, are allowed to ferry locals and staff working there only after they show their identity cards and a coronavirus negative report from the past 24 hours.

With the reopening of tourism activities across the country a few weeks ago, the local government had let tourists also in the area after collecting coronavirus negative reports from them.

However, the number of cases increased, and hoteliers said they could not provide their services at this situation, the local government says.

The suspension will continue until the next notice.

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