Iranian Firefighters disinfects streets in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, early 11 March 2020. According the last report by the Ministry of Health, 8,042 people were diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus and 291 people have died in Iran. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH
Iranian Firefighters disinfects streets in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, early 11 March 2020. According the last report by the Ministry of Health, 8,042 people were diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus and 291 people have died in Iran. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

The novel coronavirus outbreak in Iran has inflicted 187 million U.S. dollars of loss on the hotel industry in the country, according to a Financial Tribune daily report on Wednesday.

After the outbreak of novel coronavirus in Iran in February, hotels, lodgings and guesthouses were among the first to shut down.

The restrictions by the authorities on the tourism sector coincided with the Iranian New Year season which starts in March every year and continues until early April.

The Iranian Hoteliers Association has asked for a financial aid in the form of cheap loans to compensate for the losses that the business has undergone, according to the daily.

Iran’s deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri has said that the parliament has prepared a bill on exemption of value added tax on services offered by three-star and lower-rated guesthouses, apartment hotels and other lodging properties, which would provide practical support to the domestic tourism industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Enditem

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