Ministry of Tourism quashes news report on ‘hotels and restaurants to remain closed till October 15’
The ministry took to Twitter and clarified that there has been no such announcement made by the authorities and the given news was fake
Indian Ministry of Tourism has issued clarity on speculative news that is making rounds on social media platforms. A news report claiming that all the hotels and restaurants will remain closed till October 15 due to coronavirus was circulated across social media platforms.
However, there were no such announcements made by concerned authorities. The ministry took to twitter and clarified that there has been no such announcements made by the authorities and the given news was fake.
Here’s what they said
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. pic.twitter.com/u2DBNvx3n6— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) April 22, 2020
After this, another letter in the name of Ministry of Tourism started making rounds on social media yet again claiming 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.
On popular demand, the #FakeNews claiming that hotels/resturants will remain closed till 15th October 2020 due to #Coronavirusoutbreak, is being reposted.— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) April 21, 2020
It's again clarified that no such order has been issued by Tourism Ministry.
Stay clear of romours mongers. https://t.co/Qmjc6kNXEc
To deal with the situation, the Ministry has also lodged an FIR with the Mumbai Cyber Police cell.