Social distancing measures are being fast implemented in the queue lines of Tirumala temple. The TTD board of Tirumala was hopeful of reopening the temple after May 18th. With regard to this, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams board has started implementing social distancing measures in Tirumala temple queue lines. The temple board is making the markings with 1 feet gap between each devotee. This markings have been made in the Darshan queue lines as well as in the laddu counters. But, still there is uncertainty in the reopening date of the Tirumala temple to devotees.
On the other hand, the centre has announced that the Nation wide Lockdown 4.0 will continue till May 31st. Even in the lockdown 4, the Government hasn’t made any relaxation with regard to the temples. So the reopening of the Tirumala temple for devotees isn’t possible as of now. However, Even if the Tirumala temple isn’t opened immediately, these social distancing measures taken would be useful any day. Because, the life post Coronavirus pandemic will remain based on social distancing.
On the other hand, Tirumala board is desperate to reopen the temple. The board has run out of funds to pay its employees. TTD board has already made the announcement that it would be difficult for the board to pay salaries if the temple doesn’t start functioning from May 18th. With the extension in lockdown confirmed, the economical crisis for TTD board seems to be inevitable.