Kumbh Mela 2021: All Devotees Must Have Covid-19 Negative Test Report (How To Get Report?)
The 2021 Maha Kumbh Mela, organized in Haridwar, Uttarakhand commenced on the first day of Makar Sankranti – January 14, 2021.
The central government has released a list of guidelines and standard operating protocols (SOPs) to put a check on the ongoing mela, witnessing a participation of over 7 lakh devotees.
Furthermore, the first holy bath in river Ganges at the Har ki Pauri in Haridwar, on Jan 14 was done only after thermal screening of devotees on the borders.
Maha Kumbh Mela 2021
The Maha Kumbh mela at Haridwar is among the most auspicious religious pilgrimage events in Hinduism, which occurs every 12 years.
This time, it is being held in Haridwar.
Government officials have informed that nearly 7,11,000 devotees performed rituals at Har ki Pauri during the aarti.
With such a hefty population, the central government has come forward and issued a set of guidelines and SOPs, directing the Uttarakhand government to see it being in place and diligently followed.
Covid-19 Guidelines for Kumbh Mela
- All devotees must register themselves with the Uttarakhand govt.
- They must acquire a negative Covid-19 medical certificate from either the community health centre, district hospital, or even the medical college of their states.
These groups have been requested to avoid participating in the Mela, considering their higher risk of susceptibility to the pandemic.
- Pregnant females,
- Senior citizens, above the age of 65, and/or
- People with comorbidities.
For On-Duty Personnel
- Only those healthcare personnel can report on duty, who have been given the Covi-19 vax shot.
- Additionally, healthcare workers assigned with duties in the gathering, must be provided with the vaccine.
To monitor the proper follow-up of all the protocols, UK chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat conducted a territorial inspection of the Mela, in person.
On the first day of the Kumbh, about 974 people were fined for flouting the guidelines.
Furthermore, in addition to the existing radio communication system, authorities have also installed over 1,000 CCTV cameras.