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Maharashtra to Reopen Places of Worship From 7 October: Thackeray

The step comes hours after the decision to reopen a majority of the schools in the state from 4 October.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday, 24 September, announced the reopening of all places of worship from 7 October, the first day of the Navratri festival.

"From the auspicious first day of Navratri, all places of worship shall be thrown open for devotees to pray... all COVID-19 protocols must be followed," Thackeray said in a late evening statement.

He said the decision comes after the state handled the second wave of the pandemic and is now fully geared to tackle the potential third wave.

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In a slow and gradual manner, after taking all due care, we are easing the restrictions in various fields... Though there's a decline in the number of COVID patients in the state, we need to remain extra vigilant," he urged.

The step comes hours after the decision to reopen a majority of the schools in the state from 4 October, with restrictions.

Both the measures have been widely welcomed in political circles and by the common citizens.

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