Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday announced to relax the night curfew imposed in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak from 7 pm to 10 pm on June 12, giving a bit of cheer to people of the State ahead of the annual Raja festival beginning June 14.
Special Relief Commissioner of the State, Pradip Jena in a revised letter has ordered that in view of Raja Festival, the night curfew on June 12th will be effected from 10 pm to enable people to do their pre-Raja shopping during the evening hours.
The SRC has however mentioned that all other restrictions enforced in lieu of Covid-19 will continue to remain unchanged.
State government has already given extensive relaxations to various economic activities despite extending lockdown till June 30. As per the central guidelines, the government has made the night curfew regulations tighter by clamping prohibitory orders from 7 pm to 7 am daily.
Raja Celebration, one of the major festivals in Odisha is celebrated with much pomp and show in every household. This year, due to the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, the State government has enforced various restrictions to prevent people from congregating during the three-day gala.
While the weekend shutdown orders will continue to remain in force in 11 districts of the State during the first two-days of the festival on June 13 and 14, authorities of several districts have also imposed section 144 in various tourism and places of interest to minimise public movement.