Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday made the following modifications in its guidelines relating to social functions during the second-phase of the state-wide lockdown:
—Marriages shall be permitted, with approval from local authorities, with not more than 25 persons.
—For the thread ceremony/Bratopanayan, funerals and last rites, the number of persons participating shall not be more than 20 (for the entire event) including hosts, guests, priests and catering and other support staff with adherence of COVID-19 safety protocols. Under no circumstances, the number of participants shall exceed the ceiling for the entire event.
—Thread ceremony/ bratopanayana and related rituals shall be celebrated only in the family. No outside guest shall be invited. No feast shall be served in the function.
—In case of all these functions, no community feast shall be organised and no food shall be served at the venue. Only the takeaway food shall be allowed to the guests.