Dilip Kumar

Berhampur: In a bid to arrest the rapid rise in the number of covid-19 positive cases in Ganjam, the district administration on Monday issued additional guidelines revising the cap on the number of guests at marriage ceremony to 100.

Moreover, the hosts have been directed to provide packaged food instead of organizing community feast at these events.

“The guests shall be limited to 100 only during marriage ceremony. Packaged foods to be provided during marriage ceremony,” the order issued by the district administration stated.

Anyone found violating the official guidelines will face action as per the provisions under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws, the order further stated.

Earlier, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) had capped on social gathering by restricting number of guests to 100 for marriage ceremonies in their respective jurisdictions.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Naba Das reiterated Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro’s statement on the need of day curfew in the State.

Das said that the day time curfew might be imposed if the need arises.

“Collectors have been empowered to clamp night curfew in their respective districts if required. State observers have visited the districts bordering Chhattisgarh and other States. The State government has been emphasizing on testing and mass vaccination,” Das said.

Earlier, Speaker SN Patro on Sunday had created a flutter when he warned of possible day time curfew keeping in view the sudden surge in the covid-19 positive cases in the State.

However, the Special Relief Commissioner SRC later had cleared the air that the Government has no such plans for imposition of curfew in day time as of now.