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Karnataka set to open temples from June 1, no announcement on mosques, churches

Temples in Karnataka, could be reopened from June 1, the state government said on Tuesday.

The final decision, however, will be taken after the Government releases its guidelines once the fourth phase of the lockdown is over on May 31.

Temples in Karnataka have been closed for more than two months now, due to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
If they open on June 1, temples will have to follow a standard operating protocol (SOP) across the state.

The government is yet to make a statement on the opening of other religious structures, like mosques and churches.

On Tuesday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a meeting with Muzrai (Hindu religious institutions and charitable endowments) department officials and various ministers at his home office in Bengaluru.

After the meeting with the CM, Karnataka minister of Muzrai and Fisheries, Kota Srinivas Poojary, told reporters that the SOP will be issued soon.

“Trains and flights have already restarted. Many people are requesting we open the temples. Hence, it was decided that temples can reopen from June 1,” Srinivas Poojary said.

“We will allow only day-to-day rituals and not permit any temple fairs and events. SOP regarding the reopening will be issued soon after discussions with officials,” Poojary added.

 

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