Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government on Friday announced to reopen all places of worship in the state from October 7, which is the first day of Navratri.
“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,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a tweet.
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The Chief Minister, though, clarified that the people will have to follow all rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 protocols.
“We have made preparations to tackle the third wave after successfully fighting the second wave. We are slowly opening up. There is a decline in the number of cases, we still have to take precautions,” said a release issued by the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office.
“Even though places of religious worship will open for devotees, Covid protocols like mask, social distancing and sanitisation will have to be followed,” the release added.
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All religious places were earlier closed in Maharashtra, which is among the worst Covid-19 affected states in the country, in the view of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Maharashtra government had earlier this month imposed several restrictions on the Ganesh Chaturthi festival due to Covid-19.