Bhubaneswar: In view of the impending Cyclone ‘Yaas’, the Odisha government on Monday announced relaxation in lockdown in 10 districts for two days.
The deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit the Odisha-West Bengal coast on May 26 noon.
“To allow people more time to obtain essential items from market during lockdown before the impending cyclone reaches the coast of Odisha, lockdown restrictions have been relaxed in Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Puri, Jajpur, Cuttack and Khordha districts,” read the order issued by the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).
Street corner and road-side shops, stand-alone shops, OMFED shops, milk booths dealing with milk and milk products, bread and shops dealing with food and essential items, vegetables, fish, meat, egg and milk are allowed to operate from 7am to 1pm on May 24 (Monday) and May 25 (Tuesday) 2021.
Earlier on May 19, the Odisha government extended the lockdown restrictions in the State till June 1 to arrest the steady surge in cases of Covid-19.
This apart, the government also revised the period of relaxation for availing of essential commodities from 6 am to 12 pm daily to 7 am to 11 am.
(Edited by Pradeep Singh)