Religious Institutions in Bhubaneswar reopened for Devotees

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Bhubaneswar: August 23:  Religious Institutions in the Capital City of Bhubaneswar reopened for public on Monday. Devotees can now visit Temples, Churches and Mosques, Gurudwaras but with strict adherence to Covid Protocols.

Devotees can visit the Temples, but will not be allowed inside the Garbha Gruha (sanctum sanctorum) of the temples, BMC said.

Visitors shall be allowed from a safe distance only.

Devotees shall not be allowed to offer Diya, Bhoga and Flowers.

Temples to open in Bhubaneswar

The BMC has advised that the management of the religious institutions to ensure as many devotees are allowed inside the premises of the shrines so that social distancing of minimum six-feet among them is not violated.

Under no circumstances, social distancing norms should be allowed to be violated.

At any point of time, not more than 25 persons will be allowed to congregate at any religious sites.

Management of  religious institutions must ensure RT-PCR testing of their priests or sevayats and only RT-PCR negative and final COVID vaccination certificate holder will be allowed to perform rituals.

The priests or sebayats and devotees shall have to put on mask at all times as per COVID protocol, said the BMC.

The managements must make provisions for hand washing or hand sanitization for the devotees at the entry and exit points.

Spitting inside and outside the premises and chewing of paan or ghutka is strictly prohibited.

Lingaraj Temple and ISKCON Temple in Bhubaneswar will open their doors for devotees from September 1.

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