Religious institutions to remain closed in twin city from Dec 31 to Jan 2

Bhubaneswar: In view of the Omicron situation, civic authorities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack – the twin city of Odisha – decided not to allow visitors to visit religious institutions from December 31, 2021 to January 2, 2022.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in an order, “To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its highly contagious new variant Omicron, and to protect the health and safety of public, it has been decided that all religious institutions like temples, mosques, gurudwaras, churches etc. will remain closed for public from 31st December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 within BMC jurisdiction.”

Minutes later the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) also issued a directive for religious institutions of the city and stated, “No devotees shall be allowed inside any religious institutions like temples/mosques/gurudwara/churchs etc.”

However, all rituals will be performed by servitors amid strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols, the civic bodies stated.

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