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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is not leaving any stone unturned to contain the spread of coronavirus and has now imposed temporary restrictions on a number of services apart from ordering the closure of educational and commercial establishments across the State.

With ‘social distancing’ the key to fight against coronavirus, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday issued an advisory regarding the closure of several business and commercial units under its jurisdiction in the Smart City.

In a bid to regulate the congregation of people, BMC has already ordered for closure of bars, coffee shops, eateries and shopping complexes.

However, all the grocery shops and other shops selling essential items like vegetables, milk, egg and meat will remain open for the convenience of people.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation in its latest directive ordered closure of a number of shops and business establishment as a precautionary measure to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.

Here’s a detail list of shops/godowns and showrooms which will remain closed in Bhubaneswar from today:

  1. Jewellery showrooms and shops
  2. Electronic appliances showrooms and shops
  3. Fourwheeler/ automobile/ by-cycle showrooms
  4. Shops/ showrooms selling sports equipment
  5. Furniture showrooms and godowns
  6. Shoes and bags showrooms
  7. Marble/ Tiles godowns and showrooms
  8. Watch showrooms and godowns
  9. Home paint shops/ godowns
  10. Books/ magazines stores
  11. Gift item stores/ Invitation card stores

Senior officials informed that such restrictions have been enforced by BMC Commissioner who has been empowered under clause 3 and 11 of the ‘Odisha COVID-19 Regulation, 2020’ to prevent and contain the outbreak of coronavirus under the civic body jurisdiction.

Also Read: Coronavirus: Odisha Inches Towards Complete Lockdown, Restaurants, Bars, Eateries Shut

In a letter to Commissionerate Police, BMC has urged senior officers including Zonal Deputy Commissioners to ensure that all the above-mentioned shops, godowns and showrooms remain closed in their respective jurisdiction.

Earlier, the General Administration & Public Grievance Department yesterday ordered the closure of coffee shops, all stand-alone restaurants, canteens where large number of people dine and congregate.

All hotels in Odisha have been directed to maintain a social distance of 2 meters among the guests and encourage customers for takeaways.

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