The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has announced that no devotee needs to produce a COVID-19 negative report to enter the Puri temple from January 21. Puri district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma, SJTA chief Krishan Kumar and Superintendent of Police KB Singh took the decision following a meeting on Sunday.

“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 told reporters, adding that the SJTA will relax the restriction for the general public.

Samarth Verma said that a queue system will be made for elderly and senior citizens that wish to visit the temple.

On December 23, 2020, the temple was opened in a phased manner with the temple staff members allowed to enter the temple from December 23 to December 25 followed by the Puri residents to have darshan between December 26 and 31.

On January 3, 2021, the temple was finally opened for the general public, though the devotee have to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines.