COVID-19 negative certificate mandatory for Sabarimala pilgrimage

Pathanamthitta: Covid-19 negative certificate will be made mandatory for Sabarimala pilgrims and 'darshan' at the temple, Devaswom Minister Kadakampalli Surendran has said on Monday.

The temple opens for the over two month-long pilgrim season from November 16.

The decisions in this regard were taken at a high-level online meeting chaired by Kadakampally Surendran on Monday to assess various arrangements before the start of the festival,which will be held strictly on the basis of COVID-19 protocols.

"The devotees will have to carry COVID-19 negative certificates for 'darshan'", a release quoting the minister said

The meeting observed that the pilgrim season this time has thrown up a big challenge in the backdrop of the pandemic.

It decided that the COVID-19 protocol would be strictly followed and very few pilgrims would be allowed for 'darshan'. Asianet Online