As Kerala set to reopen temples, Travancore Devaswom Board proposes guidelines for devotees

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As Kerala is set to reopen temples from June 9, Travancore Devaswom Board has proposed certain guidelines for the devotees.

 

Travancore Devaswom Board President N Vasu on Saturday hailed the state government's decision to reopen the temples from June 8 and said that devotees can be allowed in the temples with certain restrictions.

"We welcome the government's decision of reopening the temples however we have suggested to stick to the rules of social distancing”, he was quoted as saying by ANI.

 “We had a discussion with Chief Minister yesterday. We suggested that devotees can be allowed subject to certain restrictions. We proposed that in temples other than Sabarimala the maximum numbers of devotees that can be allowed at a time is 10”, he added

He further said that all the devotees should wear masks and there won't be any 'Annadnam'.

"There should be a facility for sanitisation. All devotees should wear masks. Children below 10 and people above 65 years can't be allowed. There won't be any 'Annadanam', we can't allow the usual way of giving 'Prasadam'," Vasu said.

On Friday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that places of worship, shrines, shopping malls, hotels, hospitality units, restaurants and offices in Kerala will be open to the public from June 9.

As per the report, these places can open on June 8 for cleaning and disinfecting, and make arrangements to receive the public from the next day.

People aged over 65 and children below 10 are advised to stay at home as per the central guidelines. 

The Kerala CM informed that the state government will follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Central government to open up these places.

Use of masks, handwashing with soap, use of sanitizers, wherever possible; maintaining six feet distance, thermal checking of temperature, maintenance of registers, and separate entry and exit points are some of the general guidelines mentioned in the SOP issued by the central government.

All the religious places of worship were closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown that was in place since March 24.

On May 30, the Centre had issued a detailed guidelines for lockdown 5.0 Unlock 1.0. 

It has allowed the opening of religious places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services, shopping malls from June 8. There will be, however, no relaxation in Containment zones till June 30.

 

With inputs from ANI

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