Tamil Nadu allows ‘Jallikkattu’ with Covid curbs, mandates jabs, negative reports

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Tamil Nadu government allowed Jallikattu – the bull taming sport – with some restrictions. In its standard operating procedures, the Tamil Nadu government said only two people – the owner of the bull and an assistant – will be allowed inside the arena with each bull.

Amid surging Covid-19 infections, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday allowed the ‘Jallikattu’ event – a traditional bull taming sport usually held during the festival of Pongal in January – across the state with restrictions on the number of spectators and mandatory vaccinations.

In its standard operating procedures issued during the day, the state government said only two people – the owner of the bull and an assistant – will be allowed inside the arena with each bull. 

Also, district administrations will provide ID cards to the two people and those without the cards will not be allowed inside the ring. Full vaccination and a negative RT PCR test not older than 48 hours have been mandated for the participants.

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