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Vikash Sharma

Cuttack: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has issued fresh guidelines limiting the attendance of people in marriages and funerals amid fears of a second wave of COVID-19 spread during the ensuing winter season.

As per the latest guidelines, only 100 people will be allowed for any kind of marriage-related functions in the city. However, there will be a complete ban on marriage processions (barat), the notification read.

Similarly, only 50 persons are allowed to attend funerals within CMC limits. The new guidelines will come into effect from November 25 and will continue until further orders, CMC said in a tweet.

Here is a quick look at the new guidelines:

- The permission for the functions to be obtained from the Local Police Station/Local authority ( CMC in this case) mandatorily.

- Marriage procession of any kind is strictly prohibited.

- Persons with SARI/ILI like symptoms shall not be allowed to the venue.

- Other vulnerable groups such as old age persons, pregnant women or children below 10 years of age or person with other co-morbidities are also advised not to attend these functions.

- The host of the function shall ensure thermal screening of all participants at the entrance of the venue.

- Physical distancing of at least 6-ft to be maintained at all times by the participants during the function.

- The participants shall mandatorily use face mask during the function except during eating.

- Spitting inside the Hall and chewing Pan/ Gutkha etc are strictly prohibited.

- The host of the function shall ensure adequate provision of hand sanitization/hand washing at the venue.

- The sitting and dining arrangement shall be done to make at least 6-ft distance between individuals.

- 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 shall be responsible for ensuring the guidelines above. They will be liable for penal action in case of any violation. The individual participants will also be liable for violation of norms as specified above.

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

- The Local Police and the CMC enforcement squad will ensure strict abidance of above provisions.

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