Fresh COVID guidelines in Odisha: More people now allowed in marriages, funerals

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government today issued fresh COVID-19 guidelines for the month of February with a number relaxations, including increase in the ceiling size of gatherings for marriages and funerals in non-containment zone areas.

However, containment measures will be scrupulously followed in the containment zones.

As per the new guidelines, a maximum of 500 persons will be allowed for marriage and funeral related events. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50 % of the hall capacity will be allowed and mask-wearing, social distancing, thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer will be made mandatory.

“The Department of Higher Education shall take appropriate decision regarding reopening of colleges or Higher Education institutions and hostels under its control by following the SOP issued by the Department, UGC, AICTE, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,” reads the Government notification.

“The Department of School and Mass Education will release a detailed SoP for the primary schools and decide on opening of such schools with approval of Government,”  the notification said.

Besides, Anganwadi Centres throughout the state will function from February 1, 2021.

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