Trans-provincial tours can resume and tourist number limit is loosened, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said.
Travel agencies in China have been given permission to resume group tours that cross provincial borders, following a period of suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a circular on July 14.
China's tourism market has been warming up, with effective epidemic prevention and control measures in place. The country saw around 48.81 million domestic tourist trips made during the Dragon Boat Festival holiday in late June, bringing in 12.28 billion yuan (around $1.74 billion), official data showed.
However, group tours are still prohibited in those areas with middle and high COVID-19 risk levels, said the circular. Overseas group tours are still banned.
The limit on the number of visitors allowed in tourist attractions will raise to 50 percent of the maximum capacity, according to the circular, from the previous limit of 30 percent.
The circular also required travel agencies to provide sufficient protective materials, including masks, body-temperature testing equipment, and disposable gloves, for drivers, tour guides and tourists.
Tourist attractions should improve cleaning and disinfection measures, and prevent visitors from gathering, said the circular.