The government has allowed conducting jallikattu across the State this Pongal season but with some fresh restrictions and rules because of coronavirus pandemic. According to the official release, not more than 300 bull tamers are allowed in every jallikattu or manjuvirattu or vadamadu event.
The audience would be allowed into the event area only after undergoing a thermal scanning. Only 50% of the capacity in the audience gallery would be allowed to ensure physical distancing norms.“All bull tamers who are to take part in the jallikattu events have to get a certificate from a government-recognized lab that they are negative in the test for COVID-19,” it said. All those in the audience would have to wear face masks and strictly maintain physical distancing norms. A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on conducting jallikattu events would be issued soon.
Since 2017, jallikattu is conducted across Tamil Nadu by complying with SOPs issued. The SOP for this year would be in addition to the one being complied with every year since 2017.