After an extended closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kerala’s beaches opened for business yesterday (November 1) – which also happens to be “Kerala Day”. This is the beginning of the second phase of Kerala’s tourism Unlock.

The first Unlock took place on October 12, when Kerala reopened its tourist destinations, excluding beaches, for visitors.

The Unlock guidelines strictly mention that all Covid-19 safety guidelines should be followed for any kind of tourism activities in the state.

“The decision to reopen beaches after hill-stations is a welcome move by the state government. It will give a renewed energy and boost to the beach properties like hotels and resorts there. It is also a solace to a large number of domestic families who like to spend their evenings in beaches and reduce their stress in this critical period,” said E M Najeeb, senior vice president, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).

Kerala, also known as “God’s own country”, is heavily dependent on tourism for its economy.

In October 2020, the state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has inaugurated 26 key tourism projects in Kerala.