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Rashmi Ranjan

With the Covid-19 infection graph declining in Odisha, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has lifted restrictions for visit to religious institutions in the State capital.

As per a notification issued by the municipal authorities, devotees will now no longer be required to produce vaccination certificates or ID proofs for visit to any religious institutions in the State Capital city.

"Considering the current scenario and the coverage of vaccination, the devotees will no longer be required to produce vaccination certificates or ID proofs for visit to any religious institutions. Further there will not be any condition on priests or servitors to produce double vaccination certificates," the notification issued by the BMC on Wednesday stated.

However, the religious institution authorities are required to ensure all COVID-19 appropriate behavior like social distancing, wearing of masks and hand sanitization within their premises.

The BMC had allowed children below 15 years to visit the temple/religious institutions with proper proof of identification like Aadhaar card and only under the supervision of their parents or adult relatives from February 12.

Earlier, only doubly vaccinated individuals were be allowed for darshan and conduct rituals or puja at religious place under BMC jurisdiction in view of the Covid-19 situation.

Notably, there are 4,320 active COVID-19 cases and 968 patients recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours.

The tally rose to 12,83,639, including 12,70,221 recoveries

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