After a forced break of 70 days, as per the guidelines from the Central Government, malls, restaurants and places of worship will reopen across the country from tomorrow. Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) have been laid out for each spot, which the concerned authorities are taking strict measures to implement.
Places of Worship
Although all the places of worship in Karnataka have not decided to open tomorrow, the ones who have planned to open are busy in ensuring that the guidelines are being followed. While sanitization and social distancing norms are compulsory for all sectors, for places of worship, rules have been laid out regarding the distribution of prasad, holy water, and even footwear outside the premises.
However, only the places of worship in non-containment zones will be allowed to open. A few, despite being in containment zones, are not ready to open. BK Arshad of Masjid-e-Ibrahim Hinaya said: “With the number of cases increasing every day, it’s not appropriate to open the mosque. I’ve consulted epidemiologists and they suggested not to open at this point.”
Restaurants to resume dine-in services
While takeouts and app-deliveries have been happening, restaurants will open their premises for dine-in services from tomorrow. Chandrashekar Hebbar, president, Karnataka Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association said:
“There are over 25,000 dining places in Bengaluru. Everyone is preparing for the Monday opening with sanitization measures and distance markings. Owners are taking no chances.”
On the other hand, at malls, regularization at entry is being planned while frequent cleaning and checks have been made mandatory.
Source: Times of India