Sambalpur district administration decides to reopen religious places, issues SOP

Sambalpur/Bhubaneswar: Wait for devotees wish to visit Samaleshwari Temple in Sambalpur has been over as the district administration today decided to reopen the temple and other religious places for devotees from August 3, 2021.

During a meeting under the chairmanship of District Collector In-Charge Sukant Tripathy in Sambalpur it was decided that the religious places in the district will reopen from Tuesday. In order to carry out sanitization, the religious places will remain closed on Mondays.

To maintain law and order and ensure disciplined darshan, devotees at Samaleshwari Temple will be allowed to pay obeisance to the goddess from 6 AM to 11:30 AM and 3 PM to 7:30 PM.

The district administration further advised persons above 65 years age, afflicted with critical diseases and children less than 10 years not to visit the religious places.

As per an SOP issued by the district administration, no religious places in containment zone will be allowed to reopen. People will enter the premises of such places at one door and exit through another. Other entry points will remain closed.

Visitors will maintain six feet distance, wear masks and compulsorily sanitise their hands. At the entry point of religious places, temperature of the visitors will be checked.

Also, regular health check up of priests will be carried out. Persons with symptoms will not be allowed to enter the religious places.

Devotees will not be allowed to carry either ‘bhog’ items or take ‘prasad’ on the premises of religious places.

Among others, the Sambalpur Municipal Commissioner, senior officials and representatives of religious groups were present in the meeting.

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