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Omicron covid new variant Odisha govt imposes restrictions for new year and Christmas celebrations | New restrictions on New Year and Christmas celebrations in Odisha, know which rules have to be followed

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Omicron: New restrictions on New Year and Christmas celebrations in Odisha, these rules have to be followed

Highlights

  • Up to 50 people can attend the Christmas Mass Prayer
  • Celebrations organized on New Year’s Eve completely banned

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday imposed new restrictions on Christmas, New Year celebrations and other such activities in the wake of cases of Omicron form of corona virus being reported in the state. The government said in an order that the new restrictions would be applicable from December 25 to January 2. Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said in an order that in order to protect the health of the people and to prevent the spread of the new form, the government has limited the celebration of Christmas.

He said that a maximum of 50 persons can attend the Christmas mass prayer strictly adhering to the COVID-19 protocol and specific conditions imposed by the District Magistrates, Municipal Commissioners and local authorities allowing it. As per the order, New Year’s Eve celebrations are strictly prohibited in hotels, clubs, restaurants, gardens, convention halls, Kalyan Mandaps and other such places across the state.

The order also states that no functions other than weddings will be allowed in the state. Marriage receptions and other related events will also not be allowed. The order states that funeral rites are permitted with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol. The order said that a strict vigil would be kept on the gathering of the crowd during the programmes.

“No community feast is permitted and no social gatherings, rallies, orchestras, dances and other cultural events are permitted,” the order said, adding that the District Magistrate and Collector, Cuttack- The Commissioner of Police and Municipal Commissioner of Bhubaneswar Police Commissionerate shall strictly implement these guidelines and take all measures to implement them.

“They may impose any additional restrictions, which may be felt necessary to prevent the spread of the corona virus,” the order said, adding that the Disaster Management Act, 2005 would be imposed on persons violating the restrictions. The case can be tried under the provisions of various laws including. A total of four cases of Omicron have been reported in Odisha so far.

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