Measures are being taken at Shwedagon Pagoda to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19, which has been spread to many countries around the world.
Body temperature tests are carri-ed out on local and foreign visitors at four stairways and sanitizer and face masks are being distributed at the pagoda.
“To prevent the outbreak of COVID-19, body temperature tests are being carried out at the pagoda for the first time. We have made arrangements for pilgrims to wash their hands.Face masks are distributed free of charge to pilgrims, who are required to wear masks to visit the pagoda. Body temperature tests are conducted on local visitors. Arrangements are also made for visitors to wash their hands,” said U Ye Aung Naing, an official from the pagoda board of trustees.
Guidelines for prevention of COVID-19 and dos and don’ts are displayed at every corner of the pagoda.
“We wash the floor and stairways of the pagoda at 10 pm with soap water, when the pagoda is closed for visitors, for the cleanliness of religious edifices. Pilgrims are also adviced to worship three feet away from each other’’, U Ye Aung Naing added.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the pagoda board of trustees also banned preaching sermons to crowds at monasteries and nun-neries, donating food in the precinct of the pagoda until the Ministry of Health and Sports issues directives.
Local pilgrims continue to visit the pagoda but the number of tour-ists to the pagoda has dropped.
Wun Yan Kha