Bhubaneswar, Mar 19: Odisha government today restricted congregation for celebration of Dola Jatra and Holi in the state. An order in this regard was published today by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
Holi celebrations on March 28 and March 29 in public places will also not be allowed. “In the interest of the general public and for containment of spread of COVID-19, it is hereby directed that, congregation for 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 appropriate restriction on entry of devotees into temples and celebrations in temples and religious places.’Dola Melan’s if any, may be allowed with appropriate number of participants as decided by the Collectors/ Muncipal Commissioners in their respective jurisdictions with strict adherence of Covid appropriate behaviour and norms,” read the order.
Further the SRC has directed that ‘Holi’ on March 28 and 29 and their related rituals will 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 as desirable in consideration of local situations,” added the order.
Any person found violating this order shall be punished the Disaster Management Act,2005 and other relevant laws.