Kerala is ready to reopen religious institutions, hotels, dine-in restaurants and shopping malls that have stayed shut for more than two months due to the lockdown in India. As a part of the phased unlocking of all these religious and commercial establishments in India from June 8, Kerala has to abide by certain protocols to check the transmission of Coronavirus at public places.

Age limit for entry, temple rituals changed

The temple boards have been reportedly asked to keep a record of the name and contact details of the devotees visiting the shrine. Visitors (including the priests) beyond the age of 65 and under 10 years won’t be allowed. Kerala state government has also put a stop to rituals such as offering sandalwood paste and free distribution of food in Hindu temples as well as sacred water in Christian churches. Also, touching idols and a few ceremonies have also been banned.

On the other hand, the famous Sabarimala temple will allow entry only via a virtual queue mechanism that involves giving 50 e-passes one at a time.

It is compulsory to wear masks to gain entry inside the reopened shrines. For the staff working at the temples, it is mandatory to wear gloves as well apart from the masks.

Malls to fix entry-exit timing, restaurants observe strict cleanliness

Shopping malls have been asked to fix entry and exit timing for visitors/customers. In addition, the temperature of the air conditioner should be kept between 24 and 30 degree Celsius.
As a standard protocol to maintain hygiene, hotels and restaurants have been told to clean the dishes in hot water before serving food in them to the customers.

Only for limited number of persons

Reportedly, only 15 persons will be allowed to assemble per 100 square meters at any public place, and upto 100 persons will be allowed to be present inside a temple at any given time.

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