Hemkund Sahib yatra 2020: reopens with compulsory do’s and don’ts

The famous Sikh shrine Shri Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand will reopen for pilgrimage from September 4, Friday. Shri Hemkund Sahib is one of the most sacred Gurudwaras in India. It reopens every year in May. But, due to the ongoing pandemic, its reopening was delayed by a few months. The Hemkund Sahib Management Trust has issued a few safety guidelines to be followed by pilgrims visiting this year.

Entry rules

Only asymptomatic pilgrims will be given entry.
Anyone above 60 years of age or below 10 years of age as well as pregnant women won’t be allowed to undertake the yatra.
People with co-morbidities should also refrain from this pilgrimage.

Rules for pilgrims visiting from other states of India

Pilgrims coming from other states should go through mandatory Antigen COVID-19 test.
Only pilgrims with negative COVID-19 test results will be permitted to proceed for the pilgrimage.
Pilgrims who have registered themselves on the web portal of Dehradun will be allowed for Shri Hemkund yatra.

The Gurudwara committee expects pilgrims to precautions as given under:

Wearing face mask and covers is mandatory for all pilgrims.
Pilgrims should frequently wash their hands and feet with soap inside the Gurdwara premises
Maintaining a distance of 6-feet from other pilgrims inside the Gurudwara is compulsory.
Masks/face covers used by the pilgrims should be disposed properly in designated dustbins.
Spitting is strictly disallowed.
In the Gurudwara premises, pilgrims should not touch any surface or materials.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-news/hemkund-sahib-yatra-2020-himalayan-gurudwara-reopens-with-compulsory-dos-and-donts/as77931298.cms