Elaborate preparations have been made to make sure safety from COVID-19 as Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple prepares to reopen for the
annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku season. The whole pilgrimage could be by the digital queue system this time, so the standard heavy rush could be regulated, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran mentioned after a high-level assembly of officers to evaluate the ultimate preparations on the temple on Friday.
Detailing varied measures taken by the federal government to make sure a clean pilgrimage within the wake of the pandemic, Surendran mentioned every pilgrim, visiting the shrine, ought to carry a COVID destructive certificates, taken inside the final 24 hours.
COVID-19 testing kiosks could be opened at Pampa and Nilakkal, the bottom camps, to assist devotees to hold out the check earlier than starting the trekking.
Apart from this, preparations could be made by the well being division to make antigen checks in varied centres together with, all bus stands and railway stations at Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruvalla,Chengannur and Kottayam, the place pilgrims arrive to proceed to the Lord Ayyappa temple, he mentioned.
Steps could be taken to make sure social distancing whereas permitting pilgrims for darshan.
For this, the precise place could be marked for every devotee, the minister mentioned including that these aged between 60-65 years ought to submit a medical health certificates.
Those testing constructive for the viral an infection, together with these from different states, could be given sufficient therapy till they flip destructive.
Treatment could be given in both authorities or personal hospitals as per the demand of the pilgrims.
All preparations together with the ambulance facility have been organized within the authorities medical schools in Pathanamthitta and Kottayam and in addition within the personal hospitals in these districts, he mentioned.
Noting that masks was not obligatory for pilgrims whereas trekking, Surendran mentioned the comfort was based on the protocol that supplied exemption throughout excessive bodily exercise, however, devotees ought to comply with strict COVID protocol.
Used masks shouldn’t be thrown away and preparations could be made to gather and recycle it, official sources added.
The two-month-long annual Mandalam-Makaravilakku season on the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, situated in Pathanamthitta district, would start on November 16.
(With PTI inputs)