Staff Reporter

Following a directive from the dzongkhag administration, Chhubu Tshachu in Toewang Gewog, Punakha is temporarily closed.

The move came following the visit by the dzongkhag officials in the gewog a few days ago, according to Toewang Gup Touchu.

“The dzongdag, during the recent meeting, instructed village representatives to shut the tshachu immediately,” the gup said.

After the first Covid-19 positive case in the country, a group of villagers requested the gewog administration to close the tshachu for visitors.

According to the gup, the issue was raised several times during meetings with dzongkhag officials.

“However, the number of visitors had drastically dropped due to Covid-19 scare,” he said.

The residents applauded the move saying that this would help stop people from outside entering the locality.

“We are happy with people visiting the tshachu during other times but considering the current situation, it is good to discourage visitors currently,” a villager said.