HUBBALLI TIMES NEWS DESK
Places of worship might be opened from June 1, after the end of the lockdown in the state in May-end.
The state government apparently took a decision on the matter at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
Kota Srinivas Poojary, Muzrai minister, who addressed the press, said that the devotees had been repeatedly requesting the Department to reopen the temples that have been closed since March. The temples under the Department might be opened on June 1 and conventional activities resumed, albeit with strict maintenance of social distancing among devotees and following other rules set to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. The minister stressed that gatherings like fairs and ceremonies will not be permitted in the temples.
The Department officials told a local correspondent that the rules would apply to places of worship of other religions too, including mosques and churches. The decision of the state government, however, will be implemented only if the Central government gives a green signal after the lockdown, said an official.
Online seva booking
CM Yediyurappa launched an app-based online booking of conventions (seva) in 52 temples of the Department. Citizens can now book a convention online. Some temples apparently have already provided the devotees the facility.