Puri: As the state’s daily COVID-19 cases have started declining, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today may take a call on reopening of Srimandir for devotees.
Official sources said the centuries-old temple is likely to reopen for devotees on February 1.
Earlier this month, SJTA had closed the temple from January 10 to 31 keeping in view the steep rise in COVID-19 cases.
SJTA Chief Krishan Kumar will chair a virtual meeting of Chhatisa Nijog this afternoon to discuss on fresh COVID guidelines for the temple servitors, devotees and all concerned.
Earlier yesterday, the district administration withdrew the restrictions it had imposed on observance of funeral rites of deceased from other districts and states at Swargadwar here. It also lifted the restrictions on immersion of ashes in the sea.
“The decision was taken in view of the decreasing trend of COVID-19 cases in Puri district as well as in the municipality area,” the order said.