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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Friday made an important announcement ahead of the imposition of weekend shutdown in all urban areas of Odisha which will come into effect from tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

SRC Pradeep Jena said that at present the night curfew restrictions are in force in all urban areas of the State and restrictions will remain in force till 5 am tomorrow.

As the curfew timing ends, the weekend shutdown restrictions will come into effect from tomorrow morning (Saturday).

In the backdrop of confusions, the SRC clarified that the weekend shutdown restrictions will come into force from Saturday morning soon after the completion of night curfew restrictions which will begin from tonight (Friday 9 pm). The weekend shutdown restrictions in all urban areas will expire on Monday 5 am, said Jena.

“During the period of night curfew and beginning of weekend shutdown, all the restrictions as announced by the State government earlier will continue. However, such restrictions will not be applicable for those engaged in emergency services and permitted activities will continue as usual,” said Jena.

However, for the convenience of people, Jena said, the administration has decided to provide one-hour relaxation before the weekend shutdown restrictions came into effect.

“We have decided extend relaxation of one hour from 5am to 6 am on Saturdays and Sundays (weekend shutdown) for people going out for morning walk, jogging, cycling and other fitness activities,” Jena added.

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