Unlock 1.0: Religious places reopen in Delhi after more than two months
Several temples and gurdwaras reopened in Delhi on Monday morning. The famous Chhatarpur temple complex opened around 8.45 am with nearly 300 devotees visiting in the first hour. Sikh devotees were seen at prominent gurdwaras such as Bangla Sahib, Sis Ganj and Rakabganj.
Religious places in Delhi reopened as part of "Unlock 1" after two-and-a-half months on Monday with devotees trickling in to offer prayers following the social distancing and sanitisation measures put in place by the management committees of the temples and shrines.
The religious places were closed in Delhi on March 23, two days ahead of the nationwide lockdown imposed to check the spread of novel coronavirus. So far, the national capital has reported 27,654 COVID-19 cases, with 761 deaths.
The famous Chhatarpur temple complex opened around 8.45 am with nearly 300 devotees visiting in the first hour, the temple authorities said.
Delhi: Devotees visit Chhatarpur temple to offer prayers as Government allows reopening of places of worship from today. Priest of the temple says,"We are taking all precautionary measures.Floor has been marked to ensure social distancing. No offerings are allowed in the temple". pic.twitter.com/OVHv3WO9uy— Moumita Mondal (@MondMoumita) June 8, 2020
"We have set up a sanitisation tunnel at the temple entrance and are using a thermal gun to screen people. No prasad and flower is allowed," Kishor Chawla, CEO, Chhatarpur temple management committee, said.
"We are expecting good numbers for the second namaz around 1 pm. Social distancing and sanitisation measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the virus during congregational prayers," he said.
Delhi: Jama Masjid has been re-opened today for devotees, as the Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed opening of places of worship from today with certain precautionary measures amid #COVID19 outbreak.— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) June 8, 2020
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At Jama Masjid, all prayer mats have been removed and safety markings made six feet apart. People have been asked to bring to their own mats. Every alternate row would be left empty and worshippers would have to wear face masks at all times. The 'hauz' (pool for cleaning hands and feet before prayer) has been closed.
Sikh devotees were seen at prominent gurdwaras such as Bangla Sahib, Sis Ganj and Rakabganj. They paid obeisance to Guru Granth Sahib following social distancing and sanitisation norms.
Sanitisation tunnels have been set up at major gurdwaras and social distancing is being enforced by ensuring that people do not stay longer inside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrines, said Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chairman Manjinder Singh Sirsa.
New sanitation Tunnel at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib ????— #NahiChahiyeKhalistan (@KhalistanIsAJo1) June 8, 2020
This tunnel will also wash and disinfect the feet of the devotees. Gurudwara Management has also placed foot-operated wash basin and sanitisers at various points of gurudwara premises.#BanglaSahib #lockdown2020 #CoronavirusIndia pic.twitter.com/IS21CdEL6G
The relaxations come as coronavirus cases in India crossed 2.56 lakh cases on Monday after a record number of 9,983 cases were reported in 24 hours. This is the biggest single-day jump in cases as the country recorded over 9,000 cases for the sixth consecutive day.
India is the also the fifth worst-hit nation by the deadly virus in the world.
The total number of deaths due to the virus now stands at 7,135, as per government data. The total number of cases is 2,56,611 out of which 1,24,095 have recovered. About 206 people died in the last 24 hours due to the deadly disease.