The Odisha Government on Wednesday extended the partial lockdown, imposed to contain the spread of Covid infection in the State, till July 16 (6 am), informed the State Chief Secretary, Suresh Mohapatra.
As many as 20 districts have been categorized in group A where Test Positivity Rate (TPR) is less than 5%. Those are- Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Rayagada.
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The rest 10 districts have been grouped into category B where the TPR is above 5%. Those are- Nayagarh, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak and Balasore.
All shops in category A districts will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 6 pm, informed the Chief Secretary.
The Odisha govt announced to withdraw weekend shutdown in category A districts. All businesses can run daily from 6 am to 6 pm except malls, spa and parlours in these region, said Mohapatra.
The State Government has allowed bus transport in category A districts but under strict adherence to Covid protocols. Buses are allowed to pick up passengers up to seating capacity only. Taxis and autos can carry a maximum of 2 persons apart from driver, added the Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra.
Similarly, small hair salons are allowed to operate in category A districts. Outdoor & indoor film shooting can resume while daily markets and weekly haats have also been permitted in category A districts.
Weekend shutdown will continue in category B districts. Similarly, bus transport will remain suspended in these districts. Malls, Cinema halls and jatras have not been allowed and curbs on marriages and funerals will continue as usual in Category B districts.
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The Odisha government had clamped the lockdown for the first time this year following a massive resurgence in Corona cases. After enforcing the curbs from May 5 to 19 in the first phase and from May 19 to June 1 subsequently, the government extended the lockdown till June 17 which was again extended till July 1 (5 am).