Uttarakhand govt issues new SOPs for Char Dham Yatra; Registration, e-pass mandatory

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A day after the High Court removed the daily cap on the number of devotees visiting the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath, the Uttarakhand government on Wednesday issued new standard operating procedures (SOP) for Char Dham Yatra amidst the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the guidelines, registration and e-pass will be mandatory for ‘darshan’ in the four dhams.

The vaccination certificate has been made mandatory for devotees coming to Uttarakhand 15 days after receiving the double dose of vaccination.

Along with this, it will be necessary for devotees to carry a vaccination certificate issued after receiving the double dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or have a negative COVID report not older than 72 hours.

As per the guidelines, the concerned district administration and police officials have been asked to ensure proper COVID-19 guidelines during the ‘Char Dham’ Yatra.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand High Court had earlier limited the number of devotees visiting the four holy shrines. After the new order, there will be no daily limit from now.

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