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New COVID Guidelines: there will be no weekend shutdown across Odisha in September 2021

Bhubaneswar: 31/8/21:In September 2021, there will be no weekend shutdown across Odisha however, in the urban areas, night curfew will be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am, Special Relief Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary Pradip Kumar Jena said today.

In September, all religious, political, cultural, ‘Melas’ and ‘Mahotsavs’ have been restricted. All the auditoriums have been asked to adhere to COVID guidelines and allow official meetings.

In marriages, funerals, and thread ceremonies total of 250 guests (and hosts) can participate. But strict adherence to COVID norms is a must, anyone who violates will be booked, said Jena.

“However, the ‘Baraat’ or any procession for marriage will have a maximum of 50 persons. The aforementioned number 250, includes these 50 guests in the procession. All these functions will require permission from the local authority,” added Jena.

In film halls now the public will not need a certificate of vaccination or COVID negative certificate to enter. But, the management of the film hall or malls will need to ensure that people will adhere to COVID restrictions.

During night curfew, emergent travel or movement has been allowed. Besides, the movement of delivery personnel of online food aggregators has been allowed.

“On August 9, the State Government had issued a separate guideline for the Pujas and other religious functions in September. The same guideline will be in force for September for puja and other religious events in September,” the SRC added.

“We have been successful so far to a great extent in battling COVID. The people of Odisha have played a good role by supporting the Government. However, we need to be furthermore careful keeping in mind the third wave of COVID-19,” added Jena.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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