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The Union government’s SOP for the Haridwar Maha Kumbh would remain applicable in the mela area for the Shahi Snan of Mahashivratri on March 11.

A letter written by chief Secretary Om Prakash — dated March 8 – confirms that the Centre’s SOP would remain applicable in Haridwar from March 10 to March 12. According to the SOP, people coming to Haridwar on the occasion of Mahashivratri would have to bring their negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test report.

Besides, pilgrims would also have to adhere to the social distancing norms during this period. Additionally, children less than 10 years of age and elderly above 65 years would be discouraged to go to ghats or crowded places.

The one-month-long curtailed Kumbh festival is scheduled to start from April 1. The first ‘shahi snan’ on the occasion of Mahashivratri is scheduled for March 11 and the remaining three ‘shahi snans’ are in the month of April.