Cuttack allows celebration of Ganesh Puja amid COVID pandemic

Cuttack: Ganesh Puja, which falls on September 10, will be observed in Cuttack amidst the COVID-19 pandemic as the district Collector allowed observance of the festival in adherence to all safety norms.

Informing this, Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani said Ganesh Chaturthi will be held at Puja Mandaps across the district, though steps will be taken to avoid congregation of public at the venues.

Strict action will be taken as per law in case of violation of COVID-19 guidelines, he cautioned.

Last year also, the festival was observed in the district in a low-key manner without public participation. Only priests and other concerned were allowed inside the Mandaps to perform the rituals.

Regarding reopening of religious institutions, the Collector said, “discussion is on and we are planning to reopen the religious places within a day or two. All guidelines stipulated by the Government will be strictly followed.”

On closure of few COVID hospitals, the official said, “since the number of cases has declined, we decided to ensure treatment to COVID patients only at SCB Medical College and Hospital and Ashwini Hospital.”


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