Elephant Falls, a popular tourist attraction near Shillong in Meghalaya

Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Friday decided to reopen three tourist places in the state, particularly for local tourists.

Addressing the media, Cabinet minister AL Hek said that the decision was taken during a review meeting held on Friday.

The three tourist spots to be opened from September 1 are Ward’s Lake, Elephant Falls and Lum Nehru Park on a trial basis.

Hek added these places will have to strictly follow the health protocols. He also said that the decision was deliberated by tourism committee and after discussions the government saw that it was required to give tourism a chance and on a trial basis.

When asked if this was not a risky decision since East Khasi Hills is one of the most coronavirus-hit districts, Hek said that a detailed discussion was held and the government felt that it was a wise decision and will ease restrictions for the movement of people.

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