Temples in Maharashtra – closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic – will re-open “quickly”, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray mentioned Sunday, including that SOPs to protect towards overcrowding and minimise transmission of the COVID-19 virus could be launched after Diwali. He additionally mentioned colleges – additionally closed since March – would re-open for Courses 9 to 12 after Diwali as effectively.
Mr Thackeray, who has been urged to sanction the re-opening of locations of worship within the state, mentioned he had held out due to the chance to senior residents who go to them. Medical consultants imagine aged folks (these above 60) are at better threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
“When will temples open? They’ll open quickly. After Diwali we are going to create SOPs for this. Aged folks go to temples and they’re in danger (of contracting Covid). Subsequently overcrowding must be averted… be it temples, masjids or every other place,” Mr Thackeray mentioned.
The Chief Minister mentioned that though the SOPs could be launched later, the sporting of face maks whereas visiting locations of worship within the state could be obligatory. He laid explicit stress on that and warned those who these discovered with out face masks could be fined.
“Individuals are criticising me however I am able to face that. I am cautious for senior residents. If one Covid-positive individual is and not using a masks, he can infect 400 others… these are physician’s figures,” he mentioned.
The re-opening of temples within the state had triggered an acerbic row between Mr Thackeray and Governor BS Koshyari early final month; the Governor, in a sarcasm-dense letter, requested the Chief Minister if he had “turned secular”.
The Chief Minister retorted that his Hindutva didn’t require a certificates of authenticity and that the federal government would take a call on this matter after “cautious consideration”. Mr Thackeray additionally reminded the Governor of the best of secularism and his oath to the Indian Structure.