Churches likely to open on June 8

Panaji: Eleven weeks after the lockdown was announced in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, churches across the state are likely to open with masses for congregations.

“Masses will most likely begin on June 8. We are waiting for related SOPs from state authorities,” a senior priest said.

Priests have been celebrating masses to empty benches, with some parishes live streaming the services for their faithful.

Lakhs of Christians across the state stayed away from Sunday mass services in churches on March 22 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a nationwide janata curfew between 7am to 9pm. Ever since, all places of worship have been closed for large congregations. [TOI]