The religious places in Meghalaya will re-open from October 1 and the standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued in this regard.
According to the SOP on preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID19, the maximum number of persons allowed should not exceed one-third of the seating capacity or space and size of any place of worship.
An order issued by Meghalaya chief secretary, MS Rao on Friday night, stated that religious places for the public in containment zones shall remain closed, and only those outside the containment zones will be allowed to open.
“Persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children below 10 years of age are advised to stay at home. Organisations managing the religious places/institutions should advise accordingly,” the order said.
Among other restrictions in the SOP, the order also said that shoes/footwear to be preferably taken off inside their own vehicle.
If needed they should be kept in separate slots for each individual/family by the persons themselves.
Alternatively, provision should be made for placing a disinfectant tray at the entrance to sanitize the shoes. People should wash their hands and feet with soap and water before entering the premises.
Maintaining the physical distance of a minimum of 5 feet at all times when queuing up for entry, besides wearing masks.