Delhi religious venues open with COVID-19 guidelines


02 October 2021 23:35 STI

New Delhi [India], Oct 2 (ANI): Given the improving COVID-19 situation, places of worship reopened in Delhi from Saturday, following all COVID protocols.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed people to visit religious places, but for that, special attention will need to be paid to COVID SOPs.
In the order issued by the DDMA, a distance of six feet must be maintained between worshipers and the district administration and the police will monitor overcrowding in religious places.
“Only worshipers will be allowed to enter religious places, which do not show symptoms of COVID and each worshiper will have to use a mask,” the order said.
According to the decree, the distribution of prasad or the sprinkling of holy water was not allowed inside the religious place either.

Speaking to ANI, Madan Lal Sharma, a priest from Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place, said, “The temple has opened and we will maintain social distancing, follow all SOPs and guidelines.”
“I would like to thank and congratulate the Lieutenant Governor for allowing the faithful to come to the temple. The faithful gather in droves and an administrator has been appointed who will take care of all the arrangements outside the temple,” priest Surendra Nath Avdhut said. from an ancient temple in Kalkaji, Delhi.
“Following covid standards, we ask all worshipers to wear masks. Shiv Shakti maha aayojan will be organized in the courtyard of Kalkaji Mandir,” he added.
After the decision to reopen the temples in the nation’s capital, Sai Mandir Chairman of Lodhi Road, Sushil Kapoor, said, “We welcome the government’s decision to reopen the temples. We will follow all COVID-19 protocols.
Temples were closed to worshipers from April 19 due to the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, worshipers have been waiting for government permission to open the temple to worshipers.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has asked district magistrates and deputy police commissioners to ensure strict compliance with the COVID protocol ahead of the holiday season. (ANI)

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