Owing to the rise in number of COVID-19 cases in Kathmandu valley, members of the general public have been barred from visiting Pashupatinath Temple, effective Friday.

According to Milan Kumar Thapa, Treasurer of Pashupati Area Development Trust, regular worship, however, will continue to take place in the temple.

Issuing a press note today, the Trust said the latest decision comes after the issuance of health protocol by the government in line with the Infectious Disease Control Act, 1964, for containment of COVID-19.

In Pashupati area, all activities except the regular pooja have been banned. The Trust has sought an apology with the pilgrims for the inconvenience caused due to closure of the temple.

Last year too, the temples in Pashupatinath area were closed for nine months due to the lockdown imposed by government to control the pandemic.

Likewise, the Trust has urged people not to breach the number set by government for ritualistic events, including funeral procession. ​​Attendants of funerals have been asked to follow the safety protocols, PADT said.