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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Friday, September 24, announced that all places of worship in the state would re-open from the first day of Navratri, October 7.
Temples in the state were closed for the public in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year in November, temples were opened after the first wave.
However, they were closed again during the second wave.
“All places of worship will reopen for devotees from the first day of Navaratri, i.e., 7th October 2021, while observing all COVID safety protocols,” wrote Chief Minister’s Office on Twitter.
CM Thackeray said, “While religious places are going to be opened, people still need to wear face masks and use hand sanitisers. The management of religious places will be responsible for the implementation of such measures.”
The Opposition parties, mainly the Bharatiya Janata Party had staged a huge protest across the state demanding re-opening of places of worship in the state.
Currently, Covid cases in Maharashtra are under control. However, experts predicted that the third wave would hit India by mid-November 2021.