Kochi: The state government informed the High Court that the pilgrims will be allowed to enter Sabarimala without restrictions for the rituals of Malayalam month ‘Meenam’. As many as 15,000 devotees are permitted in Sabarimala given the Covid spread. The government briefed that the decision to allow devotees without constraints will be reconsidered if necessary after analysing the Covid situation in the state. The public prosecutor informed the court that the State Disaster Management Authority has decided to revoke all the restrictions imposed because of Covid 19.
The shrine will be open for the rituals of ‘Meenam’ month and related festivals till March 19. Those who have administered two doses of Covid vaccines are not required to present RT-PCR reports. Facilities to take RT-PCR tests for others and spot booking are set up at Nilakkal. The government reported that adequate health care facilities have been established at Neelimala and Appachimedu.
The government was replying to the petition considered suo moto by the Devaswam bench, including justice Anil K Narendran and justice PG Ajit Kumar, based on the report of Sabarimala special commissioner. The petition was settled by marking the government’s statement.