Vaishno Devi reopens after 5 months : 2000 pilgrims allowed

Vaishno Devi reopens after 5 months : 2000 pilgrims allowed

The Vaishno Devi temple, along with other religious places in Jammu and Kashmir, had opened up after 5 months of lockdown during the pandemic.

The Vaishno Devi temple was shut down for 5 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The temple opened up at 6 AM and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ramesh Kumar was present. He took the last-minute review of all the protection measures to ensure the pilgrim’s safety during the pandemic.

The pilgrimages were ceased on March 18 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Since then, the temple has been closed. As the temple opens up, in J&K Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) Ramesh Kumar ensured that a complete review and analysis made regarding the safety of pilgrims from the Coronavirus.

“The government has come out with a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the pilgrims are requested to follow the guidelines for their own safety and the safety of others,” said Ramesh Kumar. (NDTV).

During its first week of re-opening, the temple will only allow 2000 pilgrims. 1900 pilgrims should be from Jammu and Kashmir while only 100 pilgrims will be allowed from all across the country. Pilgrims registered online solely allowed to enter the temple.

Advisory being, children below the age of 10, pregnant women, people with co-morbidities and individuals above the age of 60 years do not visit the religious places as of now.

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