Places of worship open for devotees in Karnataka from today

South India

More than two months after the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, Places of worship open for devotees in Karnataka from today


According to the news Agency ANI report, people offered prayers at Bengaluru's Saint Mary's Church and Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple as the government has allowed reopening of religious places from today.

Fewer devotees here visited Saint Mary's Church in Shivaji Nagar.Devotees were seen maintaining social distancing inside the church premises.

Meanwhile, people queued outside Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple at Basavanagudi to offer prayers in the wee hours of Monday.

Floor markings have been made here to maintain social distancing.

Social distancing norms are also being followed in Hubli's Nagashetty Koppa where only a few devotees thronged the temple on Monday morning.

In Kalaburagi's Sharana Basaveshwara Temple the visiting hours for devotees have been fixed from 7 am to 10 am and three hours in the evening from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Thermal screening is being conducted here and a disinfectant tunnel has also been installed at the entry point.

Floor markings have also been made here to ensure social distancing while barricades have also been installed on the temple premises.

Places of worship have remained shut for public since March 24 when the first phase of national lockdown was enforced.

The state government has allowed religious places to open for public in line with the Centre's guidelines as part of Unlock 1.

The state government has issued the standard operating procedure (SOP) with do's and don'ts including compulsory face mask for both devotees and priests, thermal screening and barring entry for children below 10 years and elders above 65.

In a bid to prevent spread of coronavirus ,it has specified conditions such as social distancing, no distribution of 'teertha' (Charanamruta) or 'prasada', no temple bells for devotees and a bar on special 'pooja' or 'archana'.

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.

A total of 239 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported in Karnataka on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 5,452 in the state.

According to the data, the total number of cases includes 3,257 active cases.

With inputs from Agency

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