The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) announced on Friday that all temples and other religious places of Maharashtra will reopen for devotees from October 7 following all the safety protocols of COVID-19.
Due to pandemic, all the religious places were closed. Even during Ganesh utsav Thackeray government banned physical darshans of pandals.
Navratri festival is starting from 7 October, keeping in mind of this festival, Maharashtra government took the decision to reopen the places for devotees.
The CMO tweeted, “All places of worship will reopen for devotees from the first day of Navaratri, i.e., 7th October 2021, while observing all COVID safety protocols.”
Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement last evening, “From the auspicious first day of Navratri, all places of worship shall be thrown open for devotees to pray… all COVID-19 protocols must be followed.”
He further added, “While religious places are going to be opened, people still need to wear face masks and use hand sanitizers. The management of religious places will be responsible for implementation of such measures.”
“In a slow and gradual manner, after taking all due care, we are easing the restrictions in various fields… Though there’s a decline in the number of COVID patients in the state, we need to remain extra vigilant,” he said.
A health department official said, on Friday, the state reported 3,286 new coronavirus cases and 51 deaths which took the state’s infection number to 65,37,843 and death toll to 1,38,776. He further informed that 10 districts that includes Nanded, Amarawati, Yavatmal, Bhandara, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Hingoli, Washim, rural parts of Jalgaon and Nagpur didn’t report any new cases on Friday.
Education minister Varsha Gaikwad said, “All schools in rural areas will resume physical classes for standards 5th to 12th, physical classes for Classes 8 to 12 will resume everywhere in urban area.”