Religious places in Odisha’s Khordha district to open for devotees from Jan 3

Khordha: All religious places in Khordha district except Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar and temples coming within the jurisdiction of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will open from January 3, 2020.

After assessing the situation locally and discussion with relevant stakeholders, Khordha Collector and District Magistrate, Sanat Kumar Mohanty today ordered to allow the places of worship in the district to open amid adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines. The Khorda Collectorate’s order further stated a separate SOP will be issued for entry of devotees in the Lingaraj Temple after discussion with Shri Lingaraj Temple Administration.

The Collector directed the Tahasildars to hold a meeting with local police, local PRI members and members of temple/religious institutions prior to opening the religious places for devotees.

The local Revenue Inspector will coordinate with the village head as well as priest of the village temple for ensuring smooth darshan/ puja in the concerned religious institutions maintaining SOP of Covid-19.

Checking of body temperature of devotes before entering into the religious places for puja/ darshan will be mandatory. Wearing of face mask and maintaining social/physical distancing of 6 feet between two persons will also be compulsory.

The Collector’s order stated if anyone violates the COVID-19 safety protocols during the visit/ darshan/worship inside/outside the religious institution/ place worship, the concerned person will be punished as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Regulations issued there under besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

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