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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha government has decided to relax the weekend shutdown being implemented in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and Puri on August 15 (Sunday) on the occasion of Independence Day.  

According to a notification issued by the State Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), relaxation will be allowed to people till 11 am on August 15 to celebrate the Independence Day by unfurling the national flag.  

“Citizens will be allowed to unfurl national flag at their premises subject to condition that not more than 10 persons shall be congregated at any place and all safety protocols, such as social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation, etc. shall be duly maintained,” the SRC notification read.

“In other places (except Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri towns), the citizens shall unfurl National Flag at their premises subject to condition that not more than 20 persons shall be congregated at any place with strict adherence of all COVID-19 safety protocols, such as social distancing, wearing masks, proper sanitisation, etc,” the notification added.

The SRC further said that 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. 

“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,” the notification added.

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