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Mirik homestays brave the second wave of Covid

Homestay owners in Mirik, a tiny town in Darjeeling hills, are trying to run their accommodations despite the second wave in Covid-19 cases.

Mirik subdivision — the smallest in the hills — has around 70 homestays.

On Thursday, homestay owners of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, who have floated the Darjeeling-Kalimpong Himalayan Tourism Confederation, a joint forum of homestay owners, will hold a meeting in Kurseong to work out standard operating procedures on running accommodations amid the pandemic.

At a time homestay owners in other locations, including the Dooars, and hotel and resort owners, are worried about the consequences of the rise in Covid cases, homestay owners in Mirik are steadily running their properties while ensuring the staff and visitors adhere to safety protocols.

Kalyan Rai, the working president of Mirik Rambhang Homestay Owners’ Association, said there was no point in shutting their accommodations when there are…

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