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Punjab shrines prepare for visitors

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 7

The managing committees of the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir are all set to abide by the government's Covid prevention guidelines for religious places. The two major shrines of the holy city will be reopened for devotees from Monday.

While the SGPC has initiated steps to adhere to all safety precautions, it is not happy with the restriction over distribution of prasad and langar. SGPC chief secretary Dr Roop Singh said no clear-cut directions regarding "karah parshad" and langar were received, yet every effort was being made to ensure complete hygiene at the Golden Temple's langar hall.

Meanwhile, volunteers were seen sanitising both the shrines today. The managements have also put in place arrangements for checking temperature of all visitors and ensuring social distancing norms. The police have removed the barriers that were earlier set up on the entrances to the Golden Temple.

At Durgiana Mandir, the bells have been covered with cloth. Arun Khanna, general secretary of Durgiana committee, said a mechanism had been adopted to ensure minimal touching of common surfaces.

Will shut quarantine facility: Hoteliers

Bathinda: Facing losses, hoteliers are planning to discontinue the provision of quarantine being offered by them. Punjab Hotel Association president Satish Arora said both Centre and the state government had failed to provide any relief to the hospitality sector, which was reeling under huge losses due to Covid-19. Arora said hoteliers had arranged around 3,750 rooms for the quarantine facility across the state by spending extra on staff and maintenance equipment, but they were hardly getting any quarantine customers. He said a decision in this regard would be taken at a meeting tomorrow. TNS



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