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Vaishno Devi Shrine Board urges devotees to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour

Jammu, Dec 4 (KINS) Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board on Saturday asked devotees to strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, in view of Omicron variant threat and fresh surge in COVID cases in Katra.

Shrine Board spokesman said that the Chief Executive Officer of SMVD Shrine Board has appealed to the pilgrims coming on the pilgrimage of Holy Shrine to carry valid and verifiable RT-PCR report of not more than 72 hours.

Pilgrims have also been advised to wear mask properly, besides maintaining social distancing, he added.

It has already been mandatory for the pilgrims to wear face masks/face cover(s) and every yatri proceeding on the yatra is being scanned through Thermal Scanners at the yatra entry points, said the spokesman.

He said that for the awareness of the visiting pilgrims about various precautionary measures to be adopted in view of COVID-19, regular announcements are also being made on the already installed Multi-Purpose Audio System and Hi-Tech Video Walls on the track.

Noteworthy that the Shrine Board is sanitizing its premises in sync with the guidelines and protocols for ensuring safety of the visiting pilgrims, staff and the public at large.

According to sources, more than dozens pilgrims tested positive for COVID-19 in the past one week in Katra. ( KINS)


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