Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday decided to clamp stricter restrictions in the form of night curfew across the State and weekend shutdowns in 10 districts bordering Chhattishgarh to contain the Covid-19 spread.

As per the latest announcement, the State government has decided to clamp night curfew in urban areas of 20 districts including the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar which will come into force from tomorrow. The restrictions will be clamped from 9 pm to 5 am, informed State Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra in a specialized televised address.

According to Mohapatra, the State government today revised the timings of night curfew which is already in force in 10 districts of the State sharing borders with Chhattisgarh.
At present, night curfew is in force in 10 districts- Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri from 10 pm to 5 am.

“As per the decision, the timings of night curfew in these 10 districts has been revised. Now the night curfew restrictions will be imposed from 6 pm to 5 am and will remain in force till further orders,” said Mohapatra.

Apart from this, weekend shutdown will be clamped in urban areas of these 10 districts from April 17.

Mohapatra said that emergency services including water supply, health care and others will be exempted during the imposition of night curfew. No passes will be issued but the employees need to carry their identity cards.

“The night curfew has been clamped to restrict the movement of people. There will be no restrictions on the good carrying vehicles within the State and outside,” Mohapatra added.