New Delhi: Religious places, shopping malls, eateries and hospitality sectors across India threw their doors open to the public amid surge in coronavirus cases. Notably, opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places is part of the Narendra Modi-led government three-phased plan to gradually restart economic activities and reverse the countrywide lockdown enforced since March 25. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Stand at 455; Door-to-Door Health Survey Completed in COVID Hotspot

The Centre has asked religious places, restaurants, malls to thoroughly cleanse the area and adhere to social distancing norms and other protocols. However, these relaxations will not be permitted in containment zones, designated by authorities in the states. Also Read - Assam Launches Door-to-Door COVID-19 Mass Testing in Guwahati Amid Total Lockdown

Devotees across the country were seen reaching temples, churches, Eidgah Mosque and Gurdwaras across the country. Sanitizers were kept at the entrance and thermal screening of all devotees was done before they enter the temple. Also Read - Pani Puri Wending Machine Viral: Dispensing Golgappe And Maintaining Hygiene Amid CoronaVirus is OG Innovation!

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was also among the devotees. He offered prayers at the Gorakhnath Temple.

Besides, restaurants are also treading with caution ahead of reopening the outlets. The government has asked the restaurant owners to encourage a contactless mode of ordering and digital payments using e-wallets. Not more than 50 per cent of seating capacity is permitted. Disposable menus are advised to be used. Restaurants have also been asked to encourage takeaways instead of dine-ins.

All staff who are at higher risk, i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and those who have underlying medical conditions, have been asked to take extra precautions.

Take a look at the top developments: 

The work on the much-awaited Ram temple in Ayodhya will begin from Wednesday after an elaborate ‘Rudra Abhishek’ ceremony. The ceremony will be attended by a limited number of persons and will be held at the Kuber Tila temple.

In metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Delhi, long queues of crawling vehicles were witnessed as people rushed to their offices, shops or commercial establishments.

The BEST and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) deployed a limited number of public buses which led to snaky queues of commuters waiting for long to catch a bus at bus-stops or depots, particularly in the suburbs.

Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, who is Imam-e-Juma of Asafi mosque at Bara Imambara in Lucknow, has said that ‘Juma namaaz’ or Friday prayers at the mosque will remain suspended for the time being. He also said that community members can offer individual prayers but ‘namaaz’ in a congregation cannot be performed as per the conditions set by the government.

Leading temples in the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana re-opened for darshan on Monday, nearly 80 days after they were shut due the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar city in Punjab was reopened for devotees. “We all must follow social distancing norms and take precautionary measures like wearing masks and sanitizing our hands frequently”, a devotee at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar said.

Garuda mall situated at Bengaluru’s MG Road resumes operation. J Joseph,manager of mall said,”Aarogya Setu App is mandatory for all visitors.We’re allowing people to enter mall after temperature checks&sanitization”.