Places of worship won't reopen soon, says Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Devaswom Minister K. Radhakrishnan said that devotees would have to wait for some more time before places of worship including temples reopen in the state as the COVID-19 situation is still a cause of worry though the government had eased lockdown curbs.

He said the government could not announce an exact date right now on the reopening of places of worship and it would depend on a dip in the spread of the virus infection.

"Any rush in temples or other places of worship will result in the increasing spread of the disease. That is why the government is showing utmost seriousness in the issue," he told reporters.

Stating that it was not the policy of the government to upset anyone, he said their only aim was to contain the spread of the disease.

Safety of devotees is the priority of the government, the minister added.