Bhubaneswar: In view of the sudden spike in coronavirus cases, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to close all religious places in the State capital until further orders.
However, daily rituals at the religious place will continue as usual without devotees, said BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary.
The BMC Commissioner said that the decision was taken after consulting management committees of different religious bodies. Following the discussion, no devotees will be allowed inside temples, mosques and other religious institutions for the time being.
As per the decision:
- No devotees shall be allowed inside any religious institutions like Temples/Mosques/Gurudwara/Churchs etc until further order.
- The usual religious rituals in temples/mosques/guruwaras/churches and other places of worships will be conducted with limited numbers of prirests/staffs.
- The religious institutions management committees shall make provisions for daily thermal screening of priests/staffs before entry inside the premises. The committee shall also ensure provisions of hand washing at entry point for the priests and staff.
- The priests/staffs on rituals duty shall have to wear masks appropriately at all times and they shall also mantain social distancing guidelines while inside the institution premises.
The restriction will be relaxed once the situation improves, he added.
With a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government recently imposed a weekend shutdown and night curfew across the State till further orders.
Worth mentioning, Odisha today reported 4,761 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. Of these, 2785 were detected in quarantine while 1976 are local contact cases.
Khurda registered the highest number of cases as 820 more persons in the district contracted the virus.