Max 100 persons can attend marriage functions in Odisha Capital: BMC

Bhubaneswar: Taking note of the apprehension regarding second wave of Covid-19 infection during the ensuing winter season, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) today put restrictions on the number of persons attending marriage related functions to 100 within its jurisdiction. Similarly, the BMC restricted the number of persons attending death rituals related function to 50.

The BMC said the restrictions will remain in force from November 25, 2020 until further order.

In an order, the BMC said it will be the joint responsibility of the host of the function and the management of Kalyan Mandaps/Convention Halls/Marriage Halls to adhere to the guidelines.

The permission for the functions must be obtained from the local police station/local authority (BMC in this case) mandatorily. Besides, marriage procession of any kind is strictly prohibited.

“The person with SARI/ILI like symptoms will not be allowed to the venue/hall. In funeral related functions, such persons need to be avoided to participate as far as practicable. Other vulnerable groups of people such as old age person, pregnant women or children below 10 years of age or person with other co morbidities are also advised not to attend these functions,” the order added.

The host of the function shall ensure thermal screening of all participants at the entrance of the venue. The host of the function shall ensure adequate provision of hand sanitization/hand washing at the venue.

Physical distancing of at least 6 ft must be maintained at all times by the participants during the function. The participants will mandatorily use face mask during the function except during eating.

The sitting and dining arrangement shall be done to make at least 6 ft distance between individuals.
Spitting inside the Hall and chewing Pan/Gutkha etc are strictly prohibited.

During the function a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed for usage in a closed space subject to the ceiling limit of the relevant function. In open space, appropriate number of persons is allowed subject to the maintenance of prescribed physical distance and total ceiling of participants.

The host and the owner of the Hall will be responsible for ensuring the guidelines. They will be liable for penal action in case of any violation. The individual participants will also be liable for violation of norms.

The owner of the Kalyan Mandaps/Convention Halls/Marriage Halls etc were asked to provide the details of the function to be conducted along with the name of the host and permitted number of participants to BMC prior to seven days of the conduct of the function.

The Local Police and the BMC enforcement squad were directed to ensure strict adherence of the guidelines.

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