Singh comments on Re-Opening of Places of Worship

July 15, 2020

Congregations are facing a “new normal” as they return to communal worship amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Places of worship closed when the country went into lockdown in March, and have more recently only been allowed to reopen for private prayer.

Charandeep Singh, executive director at Sikhs in Scotland, said: “Although gurdwaras have remained closed through the lockdown period they have been at the heart of providing lifeline services including hot meals, food parcels, online prayers and welfare support.

“We are pleased that gurdwaras and places of worship can reopen for communal worship and welcome the community back once again.

“This has been a challenging time for everyone and the restarting of communal services will boost the morale and wellbeing of worshippers across the country.”

He added: “We are working in partnership with the Scottish Government to communicate the guidance in a multilingual format to make sure all worshippers are aware of the changes and our collective responsibility to follow the safety measures.

“The restarting of communal services is a welcome step in the right direction.”

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