Berhampur: The Ganjam district administration on Tuesday clamped strict restrictions as part of its strategy to contain the spread of Covid-19. As per a notification, all religious institutions in the district will remain closed for next seven days from April 14 to April 21, 2021.
Senior district officials said that all religious places will be sanitized during this period. However, the priests and sevayats will ensure only daily rituals in the temples and other religious places.
Apart from religious institutions, all public places like parks, play grounds, sea beach and lake shall also be closed for seven days till April 21 for maintenance and santization purpose.
Similarly, the celebration of Meru Jatra and Pana Sanskranti shall not be celebrated publicly in the district.
“Whereas, it is observed that in many places people are showing complacency in observing the basic COVID-19 protocols which is making the environment conducive for spread of COVID-19 infection; And whereas, recently a new strain of Covid- 19 virus has been detected and there is recent spike in the number of new covid-19 cases in some states of India – Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat,” the notification, issued by the district Collector, read.
As per the notification, Odisha is passing through a critical situation due to detection of new variant of SARS-CoV 2 and it is necessary to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols for containing the spread of the infection. All COVID appropriate behavior and protocols are required to be observed scrupulously in order to prevent the transmission of the infection.
The above activities shall be supervised by Commissioner, BeMC in Berhampur Municipal Area & Sub-Divisional Magistrate in their respective jurisdiction through concerned Tahasildars, Block Development Officer and Executive Officer, NAC. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against in accordance with the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Regulations issued there under besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions, the notification added.