“Hotels and restaurants will not remain closed till Oct 15”: Tourism Ministry issues statement dismissing rumours

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India’s Ministry of Tourism has issued a statement dismissing all the rumours doing rounds on social media. There have been rumours that hotels and restaurantswill remain closed till October 15 because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The ministry clarified that there has been no such notification issued by them or any concerned authorities. 

The Ministry of Tourism took to Twitter and called the news fake. It said that “The Ministry of Tourism requests all to disregard the fake message about the closure of hotels/restaurants circulating on Whatsapp”. 

Ministry of Tourism@tourismgoi

Cyber Crime Unit, Mumbai Police has initiated investigation into fake news being circulated in @tourismgoi‘s name. Respective authorities will take action against guilty individuals, including but not limited to initiation of criminal proceedings under relevant laws.

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The Ministry had to issue the clarification note after a letter started circulating on various social media platforms, saying that the government has asked hotels/restaurants to remain shut till October 15. As the news started creating panic in the tourism sector, the government decided to issue a formal clarification note.