_Opening of Religious Places_ *DDC holds meeting with key officials of Civil and Police Departments to discusses SOP’s* _Urges religious leaders, to use influence regarding COVID-19 awareness_

Publish Date : 03/09/2020
Doda, August 20: 
With the opening of religious places from August 16, the District Development Commissioner Doda, Dr Sagar D Doifode, today held a meeting with the key officials of the civil and police department to discuss Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
The meeting was attended by SSP Doda, Additional Deputy Commissioner Doda, Bhaderwah,SP Operations Doda,ACR Doda besides the SDM’s and Dy SP DAR, Dy SP headquarters, and SDPO Bhaderwah.
While chairing the meeting, the DDC directed the concerned Officers that all the religious heads in their respective areas shall be sensitised to adhere the social distancing measures at all the worship place’s without any fail, besides it has been directed that that only half of the total strength shall be allowed to worship at any religious places with proper social distancing protocol.
Moreover, the DDC has also directed that there shall be no religious gatherings in open spaces and any violation in this regard shall be dealt seriously under rules.
The DDC also appreciated the religious heads for their cooperation in the containment of Covid-19 and said that they played a significant role by spreading awareness among people. He also appreciated the general public for the cooperation in fighting covid-19.
The DDC appraised the meeting about the instructions, SOPs to be followed at places of the worship. He also directed the participants to call a meeting of various religious head’s in their respective jurisdictions today itself and to share the SOP’s with them, besides urged all the religious head’s to follow all instructions.
The DDC during the meeting informed that all visitors are required to maintain a distance of minimum 4-5 feet from each other, all visitors are to be allowed enter only if they are using face covers/masks, adding to this only asymptomatic persons shall be allowed entry into the premises, washing hands, feet with soap and water before entering premises.
The DDC also stressed on the need to sanitize the premises on a regular basis by fixation of timing of fumigation, cleanliness. Besides various other important instructions were given to the participants and the DDC asked them to carry forward these instructions to all the religious head’s in order to combat the spread of Covid-19.
Meanwhile DDC also directed the ADC’s and SDM’s to direct their Tehsildar’s, to ensure that the guidelines issued by the District Administration which includes compulsory wearing of face mask in the public domain, maintaining of social distancing in the shop’s are being followed in letter and spirit. He also directed them to put penalties against every person who will be seen in violation of the orders under rules without any fail.