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Churches to remain closed in Kiphire, Noklak


Dimapur, June 13: DC Kiphire Sarita Yadav convened a meeting with regard to opening places of worship for public, which was attended by representatives from all the faith based organizations.
The DC informed that under the new SOPs, relaxation were given to open places of worship, and only 30% attendees will be sanctioned maintaining social distancing of 6 feet at any point of time, and allotted time would be from 5 am to 5 pm. She advised all to keep sanitizers/ thermal scanner at the ingressions.
USBLA secretary Dr Apise stated that every civil societies and religious bodies must adhere with the authorities and endeavor to make the District Covid free. All Baptist Churches in town will remain closed till further order as apprised by the pastor. As per their representative, Catholic churches has expressed to remain closed till next order.
The following were also discussed: only asymptomatic persons will be sanctioned to attend places of worship; members additionally decided to preclude physically contacting of statues; choir singing; physical contact/handshake; sprinkling of Holy water; sharing of Prasad.
The members additionally discussed on points to be followed: utilization of face mask to be indispensable; alcohol – predicated hand sanitizers to be arranged; seating arrangements to be made in such way that adequate physical distance is maintained in; respiratory ettiquettes are to be followed and expectorating will not be sanctioned; place of worship should be disinfected between programs as per protocol and posters/ awareness materials exhibited prominently in a local dialect.
Noklak: Noklak sub-divisional administration held a consultative meeting with Church leaders – Khiamniungan Baptist Churches Association staff, pastors and deacons of all the churches in and around Noklak Hq on June 12 at DB Court, ADC Office Noklak to discuss on re-opening of churches for worship services.
The meeting decided that status quo will be maintained and that the Church service will be kept in abeyance until such time when the individual churches are in a position to fulfill the criteria and conditions laid down by the Government.
The house identified the need for seminar/training with regards to preparation of disinfectants, from where to source, techniques of sensitization etc and therefore decided to approach the hospital Authority for assistance and guidance.
(Page News Service)