Temples welcome back devotees with social distancing measures

Chennai: As the Tamilnadu government announced additional relaxations, while extending the Covid lockdown by yet another week till 5 July, about 3,000 temples in Chennai and its three neighbouring districts welcomed devotees from today morning.

Chief Minister M K Stalin, while announcing extending the lockdown from today for one more week, said temples, churches, mosques and places of worship would be allowed to open for public by following the Standard Operating Procerues (SOPs).

Temple and all places of worship were closed for devotees since 10 May when the State government announced total and complete lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus.

As part of relaxations in lockdown conditions, the State government announced public entry in temples, mosques and Churches from today following which around 3,000 temples in and around Chennai were reopened for devotees.

Temple authorities in the four districts cleaned and sanitising operations to welcome the devotees.

Barricades were placed in temples to restrict the movement of devotees in the temples.

Official sources said the same set of protocols announced last time are being followed from today.

Devotees will not be allowed to prostrate or sit down inside the prakarams or touch idols on the walls or ring bells. Special prayers (‘archanai’), functions and consecration will not be allowed.

People above 60 years of age, those with comorbities, children below 10 years and pregnant women will not be allowed entry.


NT Bureau