Temples and different locations of worship will reopen in Maharashtra from Monday, the state authorities has stated, including that it’ll quickly concern coronavirus security measures that they must observe.
Non secular locations have been closed in Maharashtra and most different states since March however the opposition BJP has mounted a marketing campaign to have them reopened, backed by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Final week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had stated locations of worship will re-open quickly as he supplied Diwali greetings to the state.
Mr Thackeray additionally confirmed that colleges have been set to renew (for Lessons 9 to 12) after Diwali, with security protocols already in place for this.
The Chief Minister stated he had held out on reopening non secular locations due to the chance to senior residents who go to them. Medical specialists imagine aged individuals (these above 60) are at larger threat of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
“When will temples open? They are going to open quickly. After Diwali, we’ll create SOPs for this. Aged individuals go to temples and they’re in danger (of contracting Covid). Due to this fact overcrowding must be averted… be it temples, masjids or some other place,” Mr Thackeray stated.
The Chief Minister stated that though the Normal Working Procedures or SOPs could be launched later, the sporting of face masks whereas visiting locations of worship within the state could be obligatory. He laid explicit stress on that and warned people who these discovered with out face masks could be fined.
“Persons are criticising me. I am able to face that. I am cautious for senior residents. If one Covid-positive particular person is and not using a masks, he can infect 400 others… these are physician’s figures,” he stated.
The re-opening of temples within the state had triggered an acerbic row between Mr Thackeray and Governor 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 solely take a choice on this matter after “cautious consideration”.
The Chief Minister and a number of other different leaders, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Well being Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, have all burdened on the necessity to minimise contact and maximise social distancing throughout the festivals, to make sure the virus doesn’t unfold.
Maharashtra has logged over 17.4 lakh circumstances for the reason that pandemic started, with almost 46,000 of these circumstances leading to deaths. Nonetheless, the variety of energetic circumstances within the state has dropped to 85,000, with over 16 lakh individuals recovered from the an infection.