820 centrally protected monuments including places of worship to open from tomorrow
“All the protocols issued by the MHA and the Health Ministry will be followed”
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: As part of Unlock 1 after over two-month-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 pandemic, Centre has approved opening of 820 centrally protected monuments from tomorrow. These monuments, under the Archeological Survey of India, also have places of worship. Making this announcement here on Sunday, Union Minister for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) Prahlad Singh Patel, said that all the protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Health ministry will be followed in these monuments.
In its order, Culture Ministry said that ASI shall ensure that preventive measures as stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 4.6.2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the religious places/places of worship are effectively put in place and scrupulously followed while opening and managing these Centrally Protected Monuments (CPMs).
Ministry of Culture also requested ASI to share the list of these 820 CPMs proposed to be opened on 8.6.2020 with respective States and the Districts concerned and that any state and/or district specific orders with regard to containment and prevention of spread of COVID- 19 are also comprehensively implemented.