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Odisha imposes fresh COVID restrictions in view of festival season: Details of curbs

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Bhubaneswar: Amid spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Wednesday imposed restrictions in regards to festivals during the pandemic situation. The state government has allowed observance of religious festivals, festivities, functions, rituals with strict adherence to coronavirus protocols and prohibition of large gatherings in such activities.

Prohibition of congregations at river banks, ghats, ponds, seashore or near other water bodies to take bath.

Prohibition of organisation and celebration melas.

Prohibition of religious congregations and celebrations.

Religious rituals are allowed in religious places and places of worship with bare minimum priests, servitors and staff.

Amid spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Wednesday imposed restrictions in regards to festivals during the pandemic situation. The state government has allowed observance of religious festivals, festivities, functions, rituals with strict adherence to coronavirus protocols and prohibition of large gatherings in such activities.

The government order stated that people are advised to perform the rituals/puja at their homes with family members. People should avoid mass gatherings and adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols such as physical distancing, wearing masks and frequently washing hands and using sanitiser.

The state government directed administrations to impose appropriate restrictions on the entry of devotees into churches, temples, mosques and religious places.

The collectors, municipal commissioners have been asked to decide the number of persons

to attend any such religious ritual, festival, puja in their respective jurisdictions with strict adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour and norms.

Odisha on January 12 reported 8,778 fresh COVID cases. Of the total infections, 792 were children. The number of active cases in the state climbed to 35,242.

Khurda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur and Cuttack districts have been categorised as red zone districts. Balasore is in the yellow zone with 1,023 patients.

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