Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: After Centre released its Unlock 3 guidelines, the Odisha government on Friday came up with detailed norms for the reopening of activities. These guidelines will be applicable till August 31.

Citing that it is complex to balance between Unlocking while maintaining restrictions to prevent COVID19 spread, Odisha Chief Secretary said "we have to reopen further to normalise economic activity & livelihoods"

Speaking at a press meet, special relief commissioner (SRC) said complete lockdown will continue in containment zone areas in the State while the night curfew from 9 PM to 5 AM will remain in force all across the State till August 31.

-Temples and religious places will remain closed for public till August 31.

-Cinema hall and theatres will also remain shut till August 31

-No teaching activities will be allowed in schools & colleges, other educational/training/coaching institutions and anganwadi centres till August 31. However, conduct of examinations, evaluation and other administrative activities will be allowed.

-Weekend shutdown to continue in Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack districts & Rourkela Municipal Corporation area till August 31

-On the weekend of August 1-2, Shutdown to be from 1 PM onwards

-Yoga centres, gyms to open from August 5 (detailed guidelines to be issued)

-No restrictions on inter-state movement of goods

-Congregation restricted in marriages to 50 persons, while no more than 20 persons will be allowed in funerals

-State Govt offices to operate with reduced manpower

-International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA will continue to remain suspended


In order to ensure that people follow COVID19 norms strictly, the state government has increased the penalties in case of violations.


-Penalty for not wearing face covering/masks: Rs 1000 for first two violation; Rs 5000 for subsequent violations

-Rs 10,000 penalty & sealing of premises if business/shop owners violate social distancing norms

-Rs 10,000 penalty for violations during marriage functions & banquet halls/mandaps to be sealed

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