Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, Odisha government on Thursday imposed a 14-day lockdown in four districts and entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area of Sundergarh district.

Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy informed that the lockdown restrictions will be clamped in  Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and Jajpur districts along with the entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area.

The lockdown restrictions will come to effect from 9 PM of July 17 till July 31 midnight.

“From the ongoing surveys which is going on, it is learnt that nearly two-third of the active cases and new cases load which accounts for nearly 66 percent of the cases have been reported from Ganjam, Cuttack, Jajpur and Khurda. Hence, we have decided to impose 14-day lockdown till July 31,” said Tripathy.

Here to note that the weekend shutdown which is already in force will not be applicable to the four districts and RMC.

During the lockdown, all shops and commercial establishments, offices and institutions shall remain closed and mobility of people restricted, with following exemptions:

Government of India establishments

i. Defence
ii. Central Armed Police Forces
iii. Treasury including Pay & Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and Field Offices of the Comptroller General of Accounts with bare minimum staff
iv. Central Government offices on emergency duty
v. Post Offices
vi. Telecom Services including their maintenance offices and' movement of, associated personnel
vii. National Informatics Centre
viii. Early Warning Agencies including IMD
ix. Customs clearance at ports, airports land border; GSTN; and MCA 21 Registry, with bare minimum staff
x. Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, ATMs, Clearing Houses, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers, with bare minimum staff.

Government of Odisha establishments

xi. Disaster Management establishments
xii. State Government officials on emergency duty
xiii. District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services/ Government officials on emergency duty

Utilities and Essential Services

xiv. All medical establishments including Govt. and private hospitals, clinics,nursing homes, including medicine stores, Movement of ambulance and all medical personnel including Doctors & Paramedics
xv. Water supply, sanitation and sewerage workers
xvi. Power generation, transmission and distribution


xvii. Movement of air, sea and rail transport. Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities
xviii. Road transport and movement of transiting vehicles on highways
xix. Movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded
xx. 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

Vegetables, Food & Grocery

xi. Shops selling vegetables, grocery and milk between 6 am to 1 pm
xii. Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat and other essential items' by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, OPOLFED, OMFED, Chilika Fresh etc.

Economic and Other activities

xxiii. Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary ' Services and allied activities
xxiv. All industrial units, factories and construction activities
xxv. IT/ITeS units with bare minimum staff for critical operations
xxvi Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel
xxvii. Dhabas along National and State Highways/ major roads for takeaway only
xxviii Petrol pumps, CNG Stations and LPG, including their bottling, distribution and retail outlets
xxix. Operations of E-commerce establishments such as Flipkart, Amazon etc including their warehousing and delivery activities
xxx Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ district Police
xxxi Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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