IMPORTANT HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CORONAVIRUS
A new, infectious virus called the Novel Coronavirus has been reported, with the majority of cases originating in China. Neighboring countries are advised to be on high alert. Though there is no immediate cause for concern, we ask all those coming for International Yoga Festival to use caution before travelling to Rishikesh.
If you have come from or have recently visited China, it is recommended to monitor/self-quarantine yourself for at least 14 days to see if any symptoms arise. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Please also consider if you have been in contact with someone else who has recently been in China who could have exposed you to the virus.
While at the festival, please take care of your health. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrance/exit points of each yoga venue and the dining area. If while at International Yoga Festival you feel yourself becoming sick, we ask that you try to remain in your accommodation as much as possible. We will have medical teams on site from AIIMS and Apollo, and should you feel ill, you should report any symptoms to them. For the safety of all participants, our team may need to restrict entrance to the venues for those who are presenting with symptoms of this virus.
More information on the virus is available from the World Health Organization (WHO) here.