Fact Check: Ministry of tourism didn't ask hotels to remain closed till Oct 15

By Aiswarya Sriram  Published on  23 April 2020 6:40 AM GMT
Fact Check: Ministry of tourism didnt ask hotels to remain closed till Oct 15

Hyderabad: Coronavirus cases in India as of April 21 have touched 19,985, with Maharashtra being the most affected, having crossed the 5,000 mark on Wednesday. Due to the increasing cases Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased the lockdown till May 3 across the country. Since March 23 all the hotels and other tourist destinations have also been shut. Amidst this, an order of the ministry of tourism is going viral on social media.

It claims, "Hotels, restaurants, resorts all over India will remain closed till 15 October 2020 due to coronavirus disease spread all over the world."

Fact Check:

The press note is fake. "The ministry of tourism has not announced anything officially. It took to twitter saying, 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. (SIC)"

Press Information Bureau (PIB) which is running a twitter channel to burst fake news amid coronavirus lockdown also clarified that no such order has been issued by the ministry of tourism.

Moreover, ministry of tourism publishes all its press releases on the official website, with a release ID and it is usually shared via PIB to other media channels and to the public.

PIB Press release

While going through the website it was also noticed that, the ministry doesn't use logo in public documents. In it is simply mentioned ministry of tourism.

Ministry Tourism

Claim – Hotels, Restaurants and resorts to be closed till Oct 15

Claims by – Posts by twitter users

Fact Check – False

Claim Review:Ministry of tourism ask hotels to remain closed till Oct 15
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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