Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government in its Covid-19 guidelines issued today clarified that the numbers of persons allowed in a marriage function shall not be more than 50 (for the entire event) including hosts, guests, priests and catering and other support staff.
Similarly, in the case of funerals and last rites, the ceiling on numbers of persons including host and family members, guests, priests and other support staff shall be twenty (20).
Under no circumstances, the number of participants shall exceed the ceiling for the entire event.
No marriage procession shall be allowed. In case of violations of this condition, the vehicles and equipment and accessories used in the procession shall be seized and criminal action taken against the host/ owner of the band/baja/light/sound service provider.
Local authorities can in addition to the filing of criminal action under Epidemic Diseases Act, 1861, DM Act, 2006 and Indian Penal Code, suspend licenses up to one(l) month, and impose penalties under relevant laws/ rules/ regulations.
The list of participants should be submitted to the local authorities at least 24 hours before the event.
This said list shall be conspicuously displayed at prominent locations of the venue which can be easily read by the public from a distance of ten (10) feet.
If persons other than those declared before the local authorities and as such displayed are found present in the venue, it shall be considered as violations of the conditions of the permission.
Action, as deemed proper under relevant sections of E.D Act, D.M Act and IPC, shall be initiated against the owner of the venue as well as the host.
Further, Local Authorities can impose a penalty on the host and owner of the venue apart from taking such other action as sealing, seizure and levy of penalty under prevailing rules/ guidelines/ orders of the local authorities.
Wearing masks correctly, maintaining social distancing of at least six(6) feet between participants and provision of thermal scanning & use of hand wash or sanitizer shall be mandatory.
The owner of the venue, as well as the host of the function, shall be criminally liable for any violation and non-adherence of guidelines/ Covid-19 protocols.
The host of the marriage/ funeral function, as well as the Venue owner, shall make necessary arrangement for checking at the entry point and ensure the wearing of mask by the guests/ others during the entire duration of their participation. The host shall make arrangement to provide masks to those who have not come with appropriate masks.
The new guidelines say that other social functions shall be avoided. Wherever such social functions, such as Birthday, Brata Ghar, Ekoisa, anniversary etc. shall have to be organized, they shall be organized within the house with only family members participating. No outside guests shall participate in any social functions.
No outside venue (hotels/ Kalyan Mandaps/ Resorts/ Clubs/Association Buildings) shall allow any social functions conducted in their premises.
Offering of feast/ guest entertainment/ community feast of any kind shall be prohibited irrespective of the number of persons attending.
The additional restrictions shall remain effective till May 15, the new guidelines stated.