Bhubaneswar: The tourist destinations across Odisha are set to reopen for the public from the first week of October onwards, State Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi informed.
A total of 358 sites have been selected which will be reopened in a phased manner. The minister shared the update with media personnel on the occasion of World Tourism Day. He added that the State Government and local administration will ensure that COVID-19 guidelines are strictly implemented.
On the opening of religious places, Panigrahi said that the decision lies with the administration and Law Department.
On the reopening Srimandir, Law Minister Pratap Jena clarified no decision has yet been taken on the reopening of temples in the State. He added it will be taken based on Centre’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Tourist destinations of Odisha have been closed for public for six months due to COVID-19 pandemic which had hugely affected the Tourism department.