The government has issued guidelines for opening religious places. Only religious places outside containment zones will be allowed to open.
“Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant woman and children below the age of 10 years are advised to stay at home,” the SOP states.
The entrance should have sanitising stations and thermal screening, and, again, only asymptomatic people should be allowed in. Footwear will have to be taken off inside your vehicle, or, if needed, kept in separate slots assigned to each individual or family.
Posters should be put up and audio and videos messages played to spread further awareness about preventive measures. Touching of idols, holy books and statues will not be allowed, and distances will have to be maintained in queues through markings.
According to the guidelines, 'as far as feasible', recorded devotional music may be played, but choirs will not be allowed. Physical offerings like holy water will not be permitted and devotees have to bring their own prayer mats.