The Gujarat government on Saturday decided to follow the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all malls, restaurants and hotels which are expected to open from June 8.
The SOPs will be applicable to all malls and hotels outside containment zones. For their implementation, the government has empowered municipal commissioners in municipal areas. At other places, the district magistrate or local body will be responsible for the implementation.
For religious places, the government decided they could open in “non-containment zones, but only for viewing”. The decision came after Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Minister of State, Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja on Saturday held a video-conference with religious leaders.
Rupani has directed authorities of places of worship to ensure no rituals, like offering prasad and sprinkling holy water, are performed. He asked devotees not to take people above the age of 65 and children to religious places and also appealed to all groups not to hold religious functions or fairs.
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