Zero Night Celebration Banned Across Odisha On New Year’s Eve

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has imposed a ban on Zero Night Celebration across the state on New Year’s Eve as congregation of large number of people in public places have large potential for spread of COVID-19 infection.

As people in large number congregate in hotels, restaurants, clubs, parks and other public places on 31st December and 1st January for Zero Night Celebration on the eve of new year, the State Government has directed in public interest to prohibit such activities on 31st December, 2020 and 1st January, 2021.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 24(I) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 read with rule 8(1) of the Odisha Disaster Management Rules, 2010, the state government has directed that congregation in public places including hotels, restaurants, clubs, parks, convention halls, Kalyan mandaps, etc. for Zero Night Celebration/ Welcome to New Year/ similar other function on 31st December, 2020 and 1st January, 2021 shall remain prohibited throughout the State, read an order issued by the Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha.

Any person found violating this order shall be punished under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws.

The order further read that the State is passing through a critical stage of COVID-19 pandemic and it is necessary to strictly adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols for containment of spread of the infection. The State Government has specifically directed that large social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural & religious functions and other gatherings will remain prohibited in the State till December 31, 2020.

In view of the new variant of SARS- CoV 2 virus detected which is spreading and growing rapidly in United Kingdom (UK), the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has issued SOP dated 22nd December, 2020 for stringent Epidemiological Surveillance and Response, the order read.

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