Weekend Shutdown Relaxed To Hoist Tricolour On Independence Day

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has announced relaxation on weekend shutdown in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri on August 15 on the occasion of Independence Day, for the public to hoist the National Flag.

An order issued by Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office stated that the weekend shutdown in the aforementioned places will be relaxed till 11 am to allow citizens to unfurl the National flag on their premises.

“Not more than 10 persons shall be congregate at any place and all safety protocols, such as social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation, etc. shall be duly maintained,” the order stated.

In other places (except Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri towns), the citizens can unfurl National Flag on their premises. Not more than 20 persons shall be congregate at any place with strict adherence of all COVID-19 safety protocols, such as social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation, etc.

“State Level/ District Level functions for hoisting of National Flag shall be organised as per circulars/ guidelines issued by Government in Home Department. However other Government offices may celebrate the function with not more than 10 staffs in towns of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri and with not more than 20 staffs in other places of the State,” the order further stated.

All Covid appropriate behaviour such as physical distancing, use of face masks and hand hygiene shall be followed by one and all during the celebration. All other conditions mentioned in the order issued on July 31, pertaining to COVID appropriate behaviour and COVID protocols shall be strictly observed.