J&K issue guidelines for opening of religious places from Aug 16

As religious premises and places of worship are set to open from August 16, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the opening of religious places. In its earlier order, the administration had extended the other SOPs for Covid-19 containment till August 31.

The administration has warned of penal action against the people flouting the coronavirus guidelines under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

Taking preventive measures to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, the government has said that due to relatively large number of pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra, there shall be a ceiling of maximum 5000 pilgrims per day till September 30.

A maximum of 500 pilgrims per day will be permitted within this ceiling in a graded manner from outside J&K, according to the government order.

Installation and use of Aarogya Setu App has been made mandatory for all pilgrims wishing the Vaishno Devi shrine. The pilgrims will not be allowed to touch statues, idols of or holy books, the J&K government has said.