Temples open for devotees in Chennai, gyms & driving schools resume operations

From this morning, temples in Chennai and other Corporation areas with less than Rs 10,000 annual income allowed devotees for darshan, while gyms and driving schools across Tamil Nadu resumed operations after a gap of more than four months.

Strict social distancing measures and other protocos were in place at these places and it is being ensured that people are wearing masks and applying sanitisers.

Temples and other religious places of worship were closed for darshan since March 24, when the state government enforced a total lockdown. However, the government permitted all religious activities including daily puja in the temples by the priests.

Apparently, with the coronavirus spread under control in Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu, chief minister K Palaniswami announced relaxations in the lockdown restrictions. “Permission should be obtained from the commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation and district collectors, concerned, for allowing public worship,” Palaniswami said in a statement.

The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday (August 8) said that all places of worship falling under corporation or civic body limits in cities, earning less than Rs.10,000 per annum can re-open starting August 10.

Prior to this, the following rule was only applicable in non-urban areas. Tamil Nadu, has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. The state government has already allowed public worship in small temples, mosques, darghas, churches in panchayat, town panchayat and municipality areas.