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Vikash Sharma

Bhadrak: The popular shrine of Baba Akhandalamani will reopen on December 28 after remaining shut for months owning to Covid-19 pandemic. However, first privilege will be given to sevayats (servitors) and their family members for darshan, informed Bhadrak Collector Gyana Das on Monday.

Apart from Baba Akhandalamani, other places of worship in the district will also reopen for public and other devotees from January 3, 2021.

The local residents of Aradi will be allowed darshan of Baba Akhandalmani on December 30 and 31. However, the temple will remain closed for public and other devotees for two days on January 1 and 2, 2021.

“As per the discussion made in the police, medical authorities and head of religious institutions of Bhadrak District, it is hereby ordered that all religious places/places of worship shall be opened to public with effect from 03.01.2021 with following exemptions/restrictions,” and official notification read.

Here are the details SOPs:

- Social distance of minimum 6ft. among people in the premises of religious institutions shall be maintained

- Use of masks & hand sanitizer are mandatory

- No person shall be allowed to enter the religious premises having symptoms of fever, cough and cold and if COVID +ve.

- Management Committee or Head of religious institution shall furnish an undertaking before the local IIC for compliance of COVID-19 protocols before opening the religious institutions.

- Local Tahsildar & IIC shall ensure enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines under direct supervision of Sub-Collector & SDM, Bhadrak.

Any violation shall attract penal actions & proceedings in accordance with the provisions under sections-51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, I897 and 188 of Indian Penal Code.


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