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Odisha Bans Zero Night And New Year Eve Celebrations, Restricts Christmas Gathering

Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra in an order said that in view of protecting the health of the people and preventing the spread of the new variant, the government has restricted Christmas celebration

Odisha Bans Zero Night And New Year Eve Celebrations, Restricts Christmas Gathering
In Odisha, a maximum of 50 participants can join the Christmas mass by strictly following COVID-19 protocol
Highlights
  • The new restriction will be in force from December 25 to January 2
  • No celebrations other than weddings will be allowed in Odisha
  • Reception, ancillary functions related to weddings too will not be allowed

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the detection of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the state, Odisha government Friday (December 24) imposed new restrictions on celebration of Christmas, New Years Day and other such activities. The new restriction will be in force from December 25 to January 2, the government said in an order. Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra in an order said that in view of protecting the health of the people and preventing the spread of the new variant, the government has restricted Christmas celebration. A maximum of 50 participants can join the Christmas mass by strictly following COVID-19 protocol and specific conditions imposed by district magistrates, municipal commissioners and local authorities while giving permission for it.

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh To Impose Night Curfew From December 25 Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases

‘Zero Night’ celebrations and New Year eve celebrations in hotels, clubs, restaurants, parks, convention halls, kalyan mandaps and other such venues are completely banned across the state.

The order also said that no celebrations other than weddings will be allowed in the state. Reception and ancillary functions connected to weddings too will not be allowed.

While funeral rites are allowed with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, the order said there will be strict vigilance on crowding and gathering during the occasions.

No community feast is allowed and no social gathering, rallies, orchestras, dance and other cultural programmes are allowed, the order said.

Also Read: Delhi Bans Christmas And New Year Gathering Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases

The order said that district magistrates and collectors, the police commissioner of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar police commissionrate and the municipal commissioner will scrupulously implement these guidelines and take all measures to enforce them.

They may impose any additional restrictions as may be felt necessary for containing the spread of coronavirus and to ensure that COVID-19 appropriate behavior is being followed by all concerned, the order said.

Persons violating the restrictions will be liable to be prosecuted as per the provisions of different laws, including the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it added.

A total four instances of Omicron have been reported in Odisha so far.

Also Read: Omicron Effect: How The National Capital – Delhi Is Preparing To Fight The New COVID-19 Strain

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