The Uttarakhand government revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Char Dham Yatra 2021 and issued new guidelines. Due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Uttarakhand Char Dham Management Board announced a new set of guidelines for the yatra.
The Char Dham Yatra was scheduled to start from 14th May but amidst the rising COVID-19 cases, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat had suspended the Yatra for the devotees. On 29th April, he had said “Uttarakhand government has suspended Char Dham Yatra this year in view of COVID-19 situation in the state. Only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja.”
Now, the new guidelines have been issued for the holy sojourn. According to this, the local employees and officers working at the holy temples along with the priests of the pilgrimage sites are allowed to visit the temples. Although, it is mandatory for them to bring COVID-19 negative certificates.