Udupi, Mar 18 : With increasing COVID-19 cases and following the footsteps of Dakshina Kannada, the district administration has banned temple sevas throughout Udupi district with immediate effect from Wednesday. In a press release issued here on today, G Jagadeesha, Deputy Commissioner, said that there was a possibility of spreading of COVID-19 due to temple fairs, public functions, cultural functions, weekly markets, festivals and other programmes which attracted a large number of people.
Hence, in the interest of public health, the administration had taken a slew of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, only the temple staff could participate in temple festivals and fairs throughout the district. The participation of people in such events is restricted. People could visit the temples and have “darshan” of deities, but ‘sevas’ have been banned. Devotees would not be allowed to stay at the temples. People should not enter temples, mosques, churches, and religious centres in groups. Summer camps, functions, seminars, sports tournaments and other events which attract crowds are prohibited.
Weekly markets are banned. People are prohibited from visiting beaches and tourist spots. Wedding and engagement ceremonies should be organised in a simple manner and large gathering at these ceremonies should be avoided.(UNI)