Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has issued a set of guidelines for the opening of restaurants, malls and places of worship in the state.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the government’s decision was taken in accordance with the Centre’s guidelines. Here are the guidelines for places of worship. They will open on Tuesday (June 9).

Details of the visitors to be recorded.

The places of worship will collect the details of the visitors. They will record the name and phone number of every visitor, which would prove useful to the government if there is a need for contact tracing. It is reported that the visitors should carry their own pen while visiting the temple, to record their details.

Those aged above 65 and below 10 years will not be allowed entry. The visitors should have to wear masks and wash hands before entering their respective places of worship. Hand sanitisers should be used when needed. If unavoidable, air conditioners can be used in 24-30 degree Celsius.

Moreover, entry into the establishments should be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis and people should stay six-feet apart. They should also avoid touching idols and holy books. The number of visitors at a time would be 15 persons per 100 sq m, to a maximum of 100 people.

According to the New Indian Express, separate entry and exit paths will also be formed. Instead of tanks, water from taps should be used by the faithful to wash themselves before entering the shrine.

Free food distribution and the first-feeding rituals of babies should be avoided. Baptisms can be done without contact. Distribution of prasadam and holy water should be avoided.