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Pradeep Singh

A day after releasing the Covid-19 guidelines for the month of January, the Odisha government on Friday modified the night curfew restrictions (from 10 pm to 5 am) in all urban areas of the State by exempting several activities. 

In a notification, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has listed down the activities on which the night curfew restrictions will not be applicable. Check the details below:


  • District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Government Officials on duty 
  • Doctors, Medical/ Paramedical Staff (Govt. & Private), ambulances and emergency health staff 
  • Emergency workers of utilities such as Electricity, Fire Services, Telecom, Water Supply, Railways and Airport
  • Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police 
  • Movement of Public Transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airports, railway station and bus terminals/ stands/ stops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road
  • Staff of IT & ITeS companies on production of their ID cards
  • Any person, in case of medical or other emergency
  • Owner/ staff of Chemist shops
  • All industrial units
  • All construction activities 
  • Early Warning Agencies including IMO
  • Disaster Management establishments
  • No restrictions shall apply to COVID testing and vaccination centres and movement of persons/ vehicles for COVID testing and vaccination shall be allowed
  • All Government & Private offices/ establishments dealing with essential services/ utility providers like power, telecommunication, water supply, Police, Municipal Services, Railways/ Airport/ Port services and Security etc. shall remain functional
  • All commercial establishments including essential items, food and vegetable shops, excluding all medicine/ pharmaceuticals/ medical devices/optical shops etc. shall remain closed
  • Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel 
  • Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only
  • Petrol pumps and CNG Stations
  • LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas and associated facilities, personnel and vehicular movement
  • Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat, milk and other essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, OPOLFED, OMFED, Chilika Fresh etc.


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