Bhubaneswar: The Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s Puri will remain closed for devotees from January 10 till January 31 in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, informed Puri Collector Samarth Verma today
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting between Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Chhatisa Nijoga, this evening.
Though the 12th century shrine will remain out of bounds for devotees, rituals of the deities will continue.
COVID-related safety measures for servitors such as COVID Care Centre, ambulance, Rapid Response Team and medical checkup were also discussed at the meeting, the official said.
If the COVID situation prevails after January 31, appropriate decision regarding the closure of the temple will be taken, he said.
The decision comes after detection of several COVID-19 cases inside the temple.
Several employees of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and servitors have tested positive for COVID-19, the Collector had earlier said.
Puri district today reported 54 COVID-19 positive cases while the state reported as many as 2703 fresh infections.