(Representative image) A temple in Chennai. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RC1988EB61C0

(Consultant picture) A temple in Chennai. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi – RC1988EB61C0

Choices corresponding to coconut, fruits and flowers shall not be allowed. Throughout poojas and abishekam, the general public should not be allowed to sit down inside and witness the occasion, the SOP mentioned.

  • PTI Chennai
  • Final Up to date: July 1, 2020, 12:13 AM IST

The Tamil Nadu authorities on Monday issued a Commonplace Working Process for locations of worship in rural areas, outlining norms to forestall the unfold of coronavirus. It consists of prohibition for “bodily choices like prasad, distribution or sprinkling of holy water to be allowed contained in the non secular place.”

Choices corresponding to coconut, fruits and flowers shall not be allowed. Throughout poojas and abishekam, the general public should not be allowed to sit down inside and witness the occasion, the SOP mentioned.

In view of the potential well being points, “devotees could also be discouraged to do prostration /angapradhatchanam until normalcy returns.”

From Wednesday, small temples, mosques, darghas, church buildings and different non secular locations in rural areas can be open for public worship in Tamil Nadu.

In village panchayats falling below Tiruvallur, Chengelpet and Madurai, worship can be allowed from July 6.

In mosques, prayers shouldn’t be supplied by sitting shoulder to shoulder.

Bodily distancing of six toes shall be maintained whereas providing prayers and no more than 20 folks could be accommodated in 100 sq. meters, which shall be marked with paint in circles, rows or containers.

“Staggering of individuals needs to be achieved to keep away from crowd and social distancing needs to be adopted, notably on Friday for Jumma prayers.”

Beneath common norms masking all locations of worship, the SOP mentioned senior residents above 65 years of age, folks with co-morbidities, pregnant ladies and youngsters beneath the age of 10 years are suggested to remain at dwelling and solely asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed.

A distance of six toes needs to be maintained by folks and masks should be used compulsorily, the SOP mentioned, including “set up and use of Arogya Setu App is suggested.”

Frequent prayer mats needs to be prevented and devotees ought to convey their very own mats or piece of fabric which they might take again with them.

“Individuals ought to wash their arms and toes with cleaning soap and water earlier than coming into the premises. Essential amenities shall be supplied for this function. Touching of statues, idols and

holy books, are to not be allowed.”

Locations of worship in firms, municipalities, city panchayat areas and massive locations of worship in village Panchayat limits would stay closed for public worship.


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