COVID-19: Stringent curbs for Sabarimala pilgrimage

Thiruvananthapuram: The high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to allow devotees for the annual 'Mandalam-Makaravilakku' pilgrimage in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol.

Entry will also be permitted during the five-day 'pooja' at the start of Malayalam month 'Thulam'.

The meeting formed a committee led by Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta to prepare guidelines for the pilgrimage.

The report to be submitted in a few days will make recommendations on the number of people to be allowed per day and other social distancing measures. The temple will open for the 'Mandalam-Makaravilakku' pilgrimage season on November 16.

The meeting decided to restrict the number of devotees to maintain social distancing at the shrine, trekking path and base camp. Only those who book through the virtual queue system of Kerala Police can proceed after the Nilakkal base camp.

Only a very limited number of devotees will be permitted in a day.

Devotees will have to clear an antigen test for Covid-19 at the Kerala Health Department’s facility at Pampa or Nilakkal. Desk: Asianet Online