Lockdown Extended: Participants In Marriage Capped to 25, Funeral 20; Only Takeaway Food Allowed

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has further capped the total number of participants allowed in marriages to a maximum of 25 persons and other functions and rituals including funeral to a maximum of 20 persons during the period of extended lockdown that will come into force from tomorrow (5 AM, May 19) till 5 AM June 1.

Community feast during these functions have been prohibited and only takeaway food shall be allowed to the guests.

The new order issued by the Office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) today states that marriages shall be permitted, with approval from local authorities, with not more than 25 persons and in case of Thread Ceremony/Bratopanayan, funerals and last rites, the number of persons participating shall not be more than 20 (for the entire event) including hosts, guests, priests and catering and other support staff with adherence to Covid protocols.

It says that under no circumstances, the number of participants shall exceed the ceiling for the entire event, adding marriage, funeral and last rites related gatherings shall be conducted as per guidelines issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department on April 30, 2021.

Similarly, thread ceremony /bratopanayana and related rituals shall be celebrated only in the family, no outside guest will be invited and no feast shall be served in the function.

Besides, thread ceremony /bratopanayana and related rituals shall be conducted as per Government Guidelines issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department today.

The most significant clause of the new order is that in all aforementioned functions no community feasts shall be organised nor any food shall be served in the venue. Only takeaway food shall be allowed to the guests.

Earlier, a maximum of 50 persons was allowed to participate in marriages and 25 in funeral and related rituals.