Govt to decide on revised SOP for re-opening of places of worship this week

Meghalaya Place of Worshiops

Shillong Sept 14: The revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on safety measures for re-opening of places of worship will be decided this week.

On Monday, Meghalaya chief secretary M S Rao discussed with representatives of the Shillong All Faiths Forum (SAFF) the revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the forum shared some documents requesting minor changes to the SOP.

The chief secretary who is the chairman of a sub-committee formed to revise the SOP for re-opening of places of worships in the state along with members of the Shillong All Faiths Forum, said that the state government would examine the documents and get back to them.

“We are meeting again in the next two to three days. We will finalise the SOP on re-opening of places of worship within this week,” he said.

He also informed that it was tentatively agreed earlier that places of worship would re-open in the first week of October if the situation improves, but the decision was a tentative one.

“We will see how the situation is in the last week of September,” Rao said.

On the decision of the Khasi Jaiñtia Presbyterian Assembly (KJPA) to go ahead with the reopening of churches in October, Rao said that he was not aware of such a statement, though he hoped that all citizens will abide by the SOP and government orders.