Karnataka gears up to reopen places of worship from June 1


Karnataka gears up to reopen places of worship from June 1

The Karnataka state government has announced that temples in the state can be reopened from June 1. However, the final decision on this will rely on the guidelines released by the government once lockdown 4.0 gets over on May 30.

As per reports, temples in Karnataka have remained closed for more than two months now because of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the virus.

Referring to the reopening of temples, Karnataka Muzrai Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary told the media personnel that they have decided to open all temples from June 1 after ensuring social-distancing norms and hygiene factors are in place. He added that ceremonies and religious fairs will not be permitted yet.

Poojary stated that Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) regarding the reopening of temples will also be issued after discussion with the officials. Prominent temples will also provide online booking options, and this service is expected to start from May 27 for around 52 temples.

Churches and mosques are also likely to open on June 1. As per the latest reports, the cabinet is expected to meet on Thursday to take a decision regarding reopening of mosques and churches. As the mosques and churches do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Muzrai department, a decision on these is still pending. Reportedly, the religious heads will make recommendations before the cabinet makes a decision on this on Thursday.

No matter what, all such decisions regarding reopening of places of worship will be subjected to the guidelines issued by the government, which will likely be by the end of this month.

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