In a bid to maintain control over the dipping COVID cases, the Maharashtra government has announced that all religious places in Mumbai must function at 50% capacity from October 7. While the state has assured that it is equipped to tackle a 'third wave' spike, it has lined up strict precautions to control the pandemic situations. Devotees are expected to comply with all standard safety protocols, wear masks and maintain social distance at religious places, read reports.
Complete compliance with COVID protocols is necessary
The Maharashtra government on September 26 had permitted all religious places in the state to reopen with COVID-19 protocols, in line with the bettering scope of the second wave. However, an order issued by the Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation further lists a 50% capacity norm at places of worship, in addition to COVID-19 preventive measures.
This indicates that the number of devotees visiting a religious place must be limited to half of the total capacity of that place. Full compliance with all other COVID protocols is prescribed to all attendees. Masks, social distancing and using hand sanitiser is a must; stringent actions will be taken against violators, added reports. The management of religious places has to ensure that all guidelines are adhered to, the CM reportedly stated.
The govt has clarified that it is prepared to combat the third wave of coronavirus and as such, it is permitting the resumption of several activities with COVID precations. On similar lines, the state has also implemented the reopening of classes 8 to 12 in Mumbai and other cities, along with classes 5 to 12 in rural areas.