Govt tells CDOs to bar visitors from temples this Dashain

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Kathmandu, October 16

The Ministry of Home Affairs has urged chief district officers across the country to bar visitors from temples of goddesses during 15 days of the Dashain festival, beginning Saturday.

Traditionally, Hindus visit these temples to worship the goddess on the occasion of the annual festival.

However, the government directed district administration offices across the country not to let people visit the temples as the opening of temples for them would attract crowds, thereby increasing the risk of coronavirus infection.

The ministry says priests can only continue daily worships at the temples.

The ministry’s spokesperson Dhan Bahadur Budha informs the ministry issued the circular as the government has not yet decided to reopen religious sites amid the pandemic.

Around two weeks ago, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had sent a proposal to the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee to reopen the temples across the country. However, the committee did not give any response, informs the ministry spokesperson Kamal Prasad Bhattarai.

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