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Odisha government issued guidelines for the month of October : Cinema Halls, Schools to Remain Closed In Odisha

Bhubaneswar:1/10/20: The Odisha government today issued guidelines for the month of October to contain the spread of Covid-19. As per the order issued by the Special Relief Commissioner’s Office, lockdown will be enforced within containment zones till October 31, 2020.

Local authorities will demarcate containment zones in accordance with the guidelines of the MoHFW. Only essential activities will be allowed in the containment zones.

The order further stated no authority will impose any lockdown at district, sub-division, city, or below level outside the containment zones.

The order added religious places and places of worship for the public will remain closed till October 31, 2020. Schools, Colleges, universities, Anganwadi, and other educational institutions will also remain closed.

However, conduct of examination, evaluation and other administrative activities will be permitted. Online/distance learning will continue to be permitted.

Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions, and other large congregations will remain prohibited until October 31, 2020.

The government, however, allowed political meetings and other functions in connection with the by-election to Tirol and Balasore Assembly constituencies with the condition of not more than 100 persons in the gatherings. Facemasks, physical distancing, provision of thermal scanning, and hand wash or santisiser are mandatory people to be present in the political meetings.

In case such meeting is to be held in closed premises, maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed subject to a maximum of 100 persons, the order added.

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, auditoriums, and similar places will remain closed until the end of October.

However, open-air theatres and similar places will be allowed to open subject to compliance of safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing, etc.

Swimming pools owned and controlled by the government or recognized by the Department of Sports and Youth services will be permitted to open for training of sportspersons with effect from October 15

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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