New Delhi: Kerala’s Sabarimala temple resumes on Saturday (July 17) for the worshippers after being closed due to high cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The shrine will keep its gates unfastened for the devotees till July 21.
Those wishing to visit the Sabarimala temple will be requested to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate of both doses or a negative RT-PCR report issued within 48 hours. The worshippers will have to strictly comply to COVID-19 safety protocol, officials said earlier.
Therefore, people will be required to book their slot on the online booking system and not more than 5,000 devotees will be permitted to enter the Sabarimala temple. The officials have to confirm people maintain social distance and wear masks while visiting the shrine.
As coronavirus cases in the state were out of control, the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimara was shut to believers in May this year. Meanwhile, Kerala detailed 13,750 new COVID19 cases and 130 demises on Friday, bringing the total to 31,30,833 and the mortality toll to 15,155. There are now 1,21,944 people in the state receiving treatment.