PURI, JANUARY 10, 2021
Keeping in view the sentiments of devotees, especially the elderly ones, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today announced that there will be no need to produce COVID-19 negative reports for getting entry into the Shree Mandir from January 21.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting attended by SJTA chief Krishan Kumar, Puri Collector Samarth Verma and Superintendent of Police K B Singh.
“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,” Krishan Kumar said, adding that all other COVID-19 protocols like wearing of mask, social distancing will continue to be mandatory in the temple.
Collector Samarth Verma said that special arrangements and queue system will soon be introduced for elderly/senior citizens coming to the Temple.
The SJTA and district administration is making arrangements to allow 30,000 devotees to visit the temple on a daily basis from January 21 adhering to COVID-19 protocol.
The temple opened for public from January 3 after remaining closed for nine months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.