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Government of Odisha Office of Special Relief Commissioner

Bhubaneswar:Odisha Office of Special Relief Commissioner,  Whereas, the State is passing through a critical situation due to the detection of a new variant of SARS-CoV 2 and it is necessary to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols for the containment of the spread of the infection;
And whereas, the State Government vide Order No.1020/R&DM(DM)
dt.27.02.2021, have specifically directed that large gatherings congregations shall
contine to be prohibited. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural
and religious functions and other gatherings shall be allowed with a ceiling of 500
persons subject to strict adherence of the COVID-19 safety protocols;
And whereas, the Government of India in the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare has issued SOP dated 22nd December 2020 for stringent Epidemiological
Surveillance and Response and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India
vide Order No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 26.02.2021 has issued revised guidelines for
surueillance, containment and caution with regsard to COVID-19;
And whereas resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) have been noticed in
many parts of the world including Brazil, Germany, Italy and France etc and in many
parts of India such as Maharastra, Panjab, Karnatak, Gujurat, Ma$hyapradesh and
Kerala etc.;
And whereas, the sacred festival of ‘Dolayatra’ and ‘Holi’ is approaching and
people usually congregate and get in touch with each other to celebrate the festivals
and play colours during which use of face masks and physical distancing norms are
not able to be adhered to and such congregations have the potentiality to cause the spread
of the virus;
Now, therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2a(l) of the
Disaster Management Act,2005 read with Rule B(1) of the Odisha Disaster
Management Rules,2010 the following guidelines are issued;
(a) In the interest of the general public and for containment of the spread of
COVID-19, it is hereby directed that, congregation for the celebration of
‘Dolayatrahnd associated religious and cultural congregations shall not
be allowed in public throughout the State. Religious rituals in temples
will continue as usual with strict adherence of Covid; protocols.
. Considering local conditions, Collectors and Municipal Commissioners
may impose an appropriate restriction on the entry of devotees into temples
and celebrations in temples and religious places.’Dola Melan’s if any,
may be allowed with the appropriate number of participants as decided by
the Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners in their respective jurisdictions
with strict adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour and norms.
Further it is directed that ‘Holi’ on 28th and 29th and their related
rituals shall not be observed in public places throughout the state.
People may celebrate Holi with family members in their houses only
and not in any public places including public roads. Collectors and
Municipal Commissioners may impose any further restrictions is
desirable in consideration of local situations.
Any person found violating this order shall be punished under the provision of
the Disaster Management Act,2005 and other relevant laws.

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