Today on the first day of Navratri, Maharashtra's government gives the nod to open all the religious places of the state. The government announced last Friday for the reopening from 7 October with all the Covid-19 protocols. CM Thackeray himself made this announcement with the urge of not dropping all the precautions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid appropriate behavior is necessary for keeping the view on the third wave.
"All religious places will be open from 7 October in the state. The Maharashtra government has prepared itself for a third wave, with all precautions, the state is allowing relaxations in various activities," CM said while announcing this reopening of religious places.
" Although daily covid-19 cases are showing a declined trend, everybody should take care and follow COIVD-19 protocols," he said. "While religious places are going to be open, people still need to wear face masks and use hand sanitizers. The management of religious places will be responsible for the implementation of such measures," Thackeray added.
The order included concerns regarding physical distance and also mentioned that "Touching of statues, idols or holy books will not be allowed. If possible, people should carry their prayer mats,"
All the temples which attract huge devotees are now preparing to handle this large number of devotees, during the nine days of Navratri especially. Shirdi Sai Baba temple trust is preparing about restrictions that will be imposed during the temple visit.
When life is finally returning to normal, devotees also demanding to open these religious places as the Maharashtra government finally allowed them to open as BJP and other opposition parties were also demanding this for a long time.