Odisha bans sale, use of firecrackers during festive season, cites Covid-19 spread

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The Odisha government on Thursday banned the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive season.

New Delhi: The Odisha government on Thursday banned the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive season.


“In order to protect the health of the general public and to prevent the spread of infection, the sale and use of firecrackers shall remain prohibited during this festive month,” the state government order said. The state government extended the night curfew for a month in all urban areas of the state between 10 pm and 5 am from October 1 to November 1, 2021.


However, night curfew will be imposed in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from October 11 to October 20 from 8 pm to 5 am.
“In view of the local COVID situation, all religious festivals/functions shall be observed in a restricted manner. The district authorities shall take a decision and may impose restrictions on the entry of devotees in the religious place or place of worship,” the order said.


It further said that the local authorities may fix the number of persons to attend any religious festival/ritual/puja in their jurisdiction, strictly following the COVID-19 guidelines.

First published:October 1, 2021, 9:31 am

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