Bahuda Jatra: Curfew in Puri town from July 19

Puri: To restrict congregation of general public on Bada Danda during Bahuda Jatra (July 20) here that could possibly spread COVID-19, the district administration today announced to impose a 48-hour curfew in the pilgrim town from July 19.

The curfew will remain in force from 8 pm of July 19 till 8 pm of July 21.

As per the curfew restrictions:

-No vehicle movement will be allowed in the entire Grand Road other than the authorised vehicles carrying essential services/medical services during the period.

-All hotels, lodgings, dharmasalas and guest houses on Grand Road will be  closed by July 18, 2021. These organisations  will have to submit an undertaking in this regard to the local police.

-The survey of actual persons residing in the houses located on the Grand Road will be done by the district administration through the Executive Officer, Puri Municipality. During the period of curfew, any person found beyond the survey list without proper justification will be booked by police under relevant provisions of the law.

–  No person will be allowed to see Bahuda Jatra from roof top or balcony of buildings, hotels, dharmasalas, lodges and guest houses located along Grand Road (Bada Danda)

-All shops and commercial establishments, including medicine shops will not be allowed to open during the period.

-All entry points of the district will be sealed in order to restrict movement of people from other districts to Puri district during the period.

-Besides, three entry points of Puri town i.e. Batagaon, Mangalaghat and Grid Station Chhak will be sealed.

“During the period of curfew, for area other than Grand Road, all shops will remain closed except medicines, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and optical shops,” the order reads

However, home delivery of essential goods, food items, including groceries, vegetables and milk are permitted. Further, home delivery of food by restaurants, hotels and aggregators such as Swiggy, Zomato, etc are allowed.

All offices/ establishments will remain closed except Government offices functioning with essential services/utility providers like power telecommunication, water supply, police, security etc.

“Any violation of the order will entail punishment as per provisions under Section 188 of IPC and provisions from Section 51 to 60 of DM Act, 2005 and COVID Regulations 2020,” the Collector cautioned.

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