Guidelines issued ahead of the opening of the religious places in parts of Tamil Nadu
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Guidelines issued ahead of the opening of the religious places in parts of Tamil Nadu

  • Religious places of worship in the containment areas will remain closed until further notice

As the religious places of worship gear up to their opening as planned on July 1, the government of Tamil Nadu has issued a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed.

However, temples in the Greater Chennai Police limits and containment areas will remain closed.

The SOP in its statement, has advised people aged more than 65 years, those with comorbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 to stay at home.

All these places of worship is directed to have facilities for hand hygiene and also thermal screening if possible, at the entrance.

Installation of Aarogya Setu app has also been recommended. Physical distancing and wearing of masks have been made mandatory when stepping out.

Festivals and mass gatherings, however, has been restricted until normalcy returns.

Also, touching of the idols or shrine, the holy book etc. has been prohibited for now.

Choirs, group performances, and common prayer mats are also prohibited. There will be no distribution of prasadam, holy water.

Community kitchen like langar house will be functional with social distancing norms. Annadanam will be packed and distributed.

Frequent and regular sanitisation of the premises will be carried out. CCTVs will be installed in the premises.

Air conditioning will be allowed, but with a predefined temperature.

Places of worship will  also have a COVID 19 safety committee.

Marriages are also allowed inside the places of worships, but the number of guests cannot exceed 50.

Tamil Nadu earlier this week had announced that small temples in the rural areas who have an annual income of less than Rs. 10,000, like the smaller mosques, temples and churches can open for public worship.