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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday decided to clamp night curfew restrictions in 10 districts which are witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases.

As per a latest notification issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), the night curfew will be clamped in Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kahalandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri.

The night curfew restrictions will come into effect from April 5 from 10 PM to 5 AM.

All the shops, commercial establishments, offices, institutions and movement of individuals shall remain closed/ prohibited between 10 PM and 5 AM, except for essential activities in these districts.

The district Collectors/ municipal commissioners shall issue orders for their respective jurisdictions, under appropriate provisions of law, such as Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

However, the restrictions shall not apply to:

-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, Transport services

-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

-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.

-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

-Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police (with identity cards of respective media houses)

-LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas and associated facilities, personnel and vehicular movement.

-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.

As per the SRC notification, no pass would be required for movement of above category of persons.

Apart from this, valid travel documents/ authorisations such as airline/ railway/ bus tickets/ boarding passes, with any identity proof shall be adequate for the purpose. Identity cards issued by appropriate authorities of the establishments shall serve as pass for effecting movement of employees of establishments under permitted activities.

Patients and their attendants/ persons requiring emergency need for movement shall be allowed to move with minimal proof of their emergencies. Officers/ staff on duty shall be sensitized to appreciate the situation of persons on the road and take suitable action to facilitate movement on emergency needs, the notification added.



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