Odisha’s government on Thursday banned the sale and use of firecrackers during the holiday season.
“In order to protect the health of the general public and curb the spread of infection, the sale and use of firecrackers will remain prohibited during this holiday month”, indicates the order of the state government.
The state government has extended the nighttime curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for a month from October 1 to November 1, 2021 in all urban areas of the state.
However, the nighttime curfew in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be imposed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from October 11 to 20.
“All religious holidays / functions will be observed on a restricted basis, given the local COVID situation. The district authorities will make the decision and may impose restrictions on the entry of the faithful into a religious place or a place of worship, ”adds the ordinance.
He further said that local authorities can decide how many people to attend any religious festival / ritual / puja in their jurisdictions by strictly adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.
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