Bhubaneswar: About nine months after closure of religious institutions across Odisha due to COVID-19 outbreak, the process has begun for reopening of temples and other religious institutions in the State.
The State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy informed it in a tweet today.
The collectors have been empowered to take decision to reopen the religious institutions in respective districts after discussing with stakeholders and preparing SoPs, he mentioned on the Twitter handle.
State govt have earlier empowered Collectors to take local level decisions to open religious instns for public worship after discussing with stakeholders & putting SoPs in place. It is understood that the process in on for opening religious institutions in different districts.
— ChiefSecyOdisha (@SecyChief) December 14, 2020
It is pertinent to mention that by the order of State Government, all the religious institutions are closed since March last week as part of precautions to contain spread of Coronavirus.
Following decline in single-day COVID-19 positive cases in the State, the authorities are now mulling over reopening of temples and other religious institutions for devotees.