The Mansehra district administration has sealed all hotels in tourist spots of Naran, Kaghan and Shogran after staff members of different hotels tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Authorities have sealed 48 hotels (including 22 main businesses and their branches), restaurants, and hostels after at least 47 staffers tested positive during random testing.
Mansehra Additional Deputy Commissioner, Maqbool Hussain, said that those infected have been quarantined at the hotels, while the restaurants have been sealed for at least two weeks. The health officials are tracing those who had come into contact with them.
Another Smart Lockdown?
Meanwhile, the Kaghan Development Authority (KDA) has suggested imposing a smart lockdown in five hotels and restaurants in Naran after staff tested positive, instead of closing down the entire city.
KDA Deputy Director Mazhar Hussain said that the authority had no choice but to seal the hotels where staff members tested positive for Covid-19.
Many employees tested positive for the infection, leading to the sealing of the hotels.
The letter also highlighted the names of the sealed restaurants, which are: Moon Restaurant, Pak Punjab Tikka House, Diwan-e-Khaas Restaurant, Cecil Hotel, and Mianmore Hotel, Naran.
Hussain feared that if these businesses remain open, the tourists may contract the virus and carry it back to their native cities.
It is proposed that a ‘smart lockdown’ [be imposed] on the hotels/restaurants to avoid the spread of Covid-19.