At Golden Temple, adhering to Covid norms mandatory now

Bibi Jagir Kaur asks devotees to wear masks, use sanitisers and keep social distancing

At Golden Temple, adhering to Covid norms mandatory now

Unmindful of Covid threat, the devotees seldom bothered to support face mask and maintain social distancing inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar on Friday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Amritsar, April 2

In the wake of a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, it has now been made mandatory for pilgrims visiting Golden Temple to follow the Health department guidelines, including wearing of masks, keeping social distancing and sanitisation of hands.

A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting between the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and district administration officials today. The meeting was attended by SGPC president Jagir Kaur and Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira, Commissioner of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill, SDM Vikas Hira and municipal corporation officials.

The SGPC chief said devotees must follow the instructions issued by the Health department. “Devotees should wear masks, use sanitisers, take care of hygiene and keep a distance to prevent the spread of the disease,” she said.

She asked the officials to ensure cleanliness of roads leading to the shrine and its surroundings. As per the information received, the health officials will start a vaccination campaign at Golden Temple here. Meanwhile, the administration officials were honoured by the SGPC president with ‘siropao’ and a model of the shrine. — TNS

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