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Magh Mela: Must-Have Negative Covid Certificate for Devotees

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This year’s Magh Mela will be held as scheduled, in January, but several precautions have been taken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, all saints or devotees entering the area will be required to carry a negative Covid certificate, authorities said.

Furthermore, the kalpwasis (people who lead an austere life for a month on the banks of the confluence of the rivers) would also be asked to minimize the number of visitors in their camps. No one without a mask would be allowed in the Mela area, authorities said.

The Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, held a meeting with the district administration on Tuesday, where he was briefed on the preparations for Magh Mela 2021. At the meeting, it was decided that kalpwasis would have to go through the polymerase chain reaction transcription reserve (RT-PCR) test three days before entering the mela area.

They will also undergo rapid antigen testing twice during their month-long stay.

The CM has asked diabetic patients to use their own discretion before deciding to stay for a month on the banks of the Ganges River, authorities said.

Officials have been ordered to conduct extensive sanitation and ensure social distancing rules are followed throughout the mela. “It will be mandatory for all devotees to wear masks in the mela area as we are committed to having a crown free Magh Mela next year,” said Adhikari mela Vivek Tripathi.

According to local officials, the budget for the fair is expected to be around 68 million rupees.

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