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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: Following Centre's announcement of new guidelines for Unlock 2.0, Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Tuesday said that schools, colleges, other educational institutions and coaching centres will remain closed for teaching purpose till August 31.

In a press briefing, Tripathy said cinema halls, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and other similar places will remain shut till the end of this month. Similarly, Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations will also be closed.

Hotels and restaurants are allowed to operate as per sops issued by MOHFW and are permitted for home delivery/ takeaways of food. Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for will also be opened but for takeaway only.

Meanwhile, local authorities may decide about opening of shopping malls with appropriate restrictions, he said.

Meanwhile, night curfew will continue to remain in force, between 9 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in the State.

Weekend shutdown, which was earlier in 11 district, will now be in 10 districts - Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda.

On public transport systems, he said, "Though train and air services will be exempted from shutdown, we have requested the Centre to restrict any more such services from COVID-19 hotspots areas. There will be no International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA."

He further said that clear instructions was issued to sarpanchs and collectors to ensure 100 per cent compliance of quarantine norms and they have been able to successfully achieve it.

COVID Care homes will be opened in every panchayat. Managed by sarpanchs, these homes will be used as isolation centre for symptomatic persons, he said.

Quarantine Policy of Odisha Government:

The quarantine period for returnee(s) to the State will be limited to 14 days. This shall be implemented by local authorities i.e., District Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners.

Returnee(s) in rural areas will undergo 14 days of mandatory institutional quarantine. In case the quarantinee develops symptoms requiring medical attention, he/she may be shifted to COVID Care Centre/ COVID

Returnees(s) in urban areas shall have to compulsorily stay in home quarantine for a period of 14 days, observing guidelines issued by Health department.

If the returnee does not have proper quarantine facility at home, he/ she shall undergo institutional/ paid quarantine for a duration as directed by the local authorities.

Individuals travelling to the State by regular train and air services will have to undergo mandatory quarantine, as prescribed above.

Local Authorities may extend the duration of quarantine of the quarantinees at home/ institution, within their jurisdiction, in the interest of containment of COVID-19.

Exemption from Mandatory Quarantine:

Government officials, professionals, businessmen or any other person travelling to Odisha on work and intending to exit the State by rail, road or air within 72 hrs.

Government officials, professionals, businessmen or any other person who have travelled from Odisha on work and are returning to the State within 72 hrs of departure from Odisha.


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