From January 21, devotees going to the Jagannath Temple will not require a Covid-19 negative report, said the officials.
Yes, you read that right. The temple administration on Sunday announced that the devotees will not be required to have a COVID-19 negative report to enter the premises from January 21.
The decision will remain in force till February 21. After that, the temple management committee will review the situation and take action on future plans, said officials.
“The devotees can enter into the temple without having COVID-19 negative report from January 21. The decision will remain in force till February 21,” SJTA chief Krishan Kumar told media.Advertisement
The decision was taken at a meeting attended by SJTA chief Krishan Kumar, Puri district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma and SP K B Singh.
However, currently, devotees must have a COVID-19 negative report for entering into the temple.
Other Covid-19 Protocols Remain In Place
However, all the devotees will have to follow all the other COVID-19 protocols like wearing masks and social distancing.
The temple opened to the public on January 3, after being closed for nine months because of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
The decisions to relax restrictions (no COVID-19 report) will allow more devotees to receive darshan from the deities, officials said.