Uttarakhand DGP directs strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocol

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The Director-General of Police of Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar has directed all policemen in all districts to strictly implement the Covid Protocol Enforcement given the fast-growing cases of coronavirus.

DGP Ashok Kumar informed that there is a challan for those who do not follow the corona protocols, such as not wearing masks and practicing social distancing. He said that an advisory has been issued for those arriving from 12 states to Uttarakhand, stating that entry to the state will not be permitted with testing.

Regarding Kumbh 2021, the DGP said that April 14, i.e. the day of the biggest royal bath, is an important day for Mahakumbh 2021. Whereas, April 12 marking Somati Amavasya is also an important day. Special preparations are being undertaken for April 11 to 14, he said.

The DGP said that on those days, if anybody isn’t coming for Kumbh Snan but has to travel to Dehradun, Garhwal, or Kumaon Mandal, they will have to avoid Haridwar as the route from Haridwar will be blocked on the said dates.

DGP said that in the wake of Mahakumbh, 20,000 soldiers have been deployed by all the forces, adding that crowd and traffic are a big challenge for the police. Apart from this, the royal bath and the procession of the akharas are also big challenges for the police.

The Uttarakhand government has already released a set of guidelines that is to be followed, which requires people to strictly adhere to COVID-19 norms. A negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours before arrival has been made mandatory for devotees gathering for the Kumbh.

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