Puri: The Puri administration has lifted the restriction imposed on cremation of bodies from outside the district at the Swargadwar in the pilgrim city from August 16.
“The restriction imposed on observance of the funeral rites of the deceased belonging to other districts/states at Swargadwar, Puri as well as immersion of ashes at Mahodadhi in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the district is hereby withdrawn in view of decreasing trend of COVID-19 positive cases in the Puri district as well as Puri Municipality area,” reads an official order by Puri Collector Samarth Verma.
As per the order, only non-COVID bodies (the bodies of persons, who die of other diseases) will be allowed for cremation at Swargadwar in the holy town Puri with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The relatives will have to submit the necessary documents relating to non-Covid death of the deceased person at reception counter of Swargadwar Seva Samiti, Puri.
The attendees will have to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour such as wearing of face mask properly, hand sanitization and maintenance of social distancing of 2 meter etc, it added.