After about a week, the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple was opened to worshipers on Monday.
The crowd was thin as officials from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Foundation (HR and CE) had imposed numerous regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an effort to avoid an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, the state government recently announced that all places of worship will be closed during major festivals when crowds congregate most, and Friday through Sunday. As a result of the restrictions, major temples wore a desert air to Adi Amavasai and other auspicious days last week.
As the large temples were open to the public on Monday, additional armed police were stationed to beef up security.
Meanwhile, collector S Aneesh Shekar, in a press release, said all temples will remain closed on August 11, Wednesday, in Adi Pooram. The decision was made after consultations with the temple administration, he said, and called on worshipers and the general public to cooperate with the administration.
The goal of restricting the movement of people was to protect people from contagious infection through social distancing. While the administration had taken various measures to deal with the challenges that may arise due to the pandemic, people must stay indoors and out unnecessarily so that COVID-19 can be controlled to a large extent, the collector said. .
Doctors at the Rajaji government hospital said the number of new positive cases remained low. Company officials said the city’s vaccination centers received a steady crowd.