Bhubaneswar:2/5/21: In view of devastating COVID cases across Odisha in the second wave of the pandemic, the State Government today announced a 14-day lockdown in all 30 districts.
The lockdown will remain in force with effect from May 5 till May 19, 2021, informed the State Information & Public Relation Department today.
As per the order, strict restrictions will be enforced prohibiting the movement of public and vehicles.
However, the residents can purchase essential items nearby their houses by walking to only a 500-meter distance between 6.00 AM and 12.00 PM.
There will be no restrictions on the movement of vehicles or persons providing healthcare and essential services.
Besides, the weekend shutdown restrictions will remain in force in all urban areas on Saturdays and Sundays. For details about lockdown please log on to the link given below
During the lockdown period, the following activities will remain prohibited:
- Buses for public transport
- Intra-State movement of individuals by road, except for medical reasons or for activities permitted under these guidelines
- All educational, training, coaching institutions, etc, except as allowed by Government. However, physical conduction of examinations by State/National/International bodies shall be allowed on a case to case basis by the respective Departments with due intimation to all concerned authorities.
- Exhibitions/Trade Fairs/Melas/physical business to business meetings are prohibited. However, such activities may be taken up in virtual mode.
- Taxis (including auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws) and services of cab aggregators (except as specified in subsequent paragraphs of this order).
- All cinema halls, malls, market complexes, gyms, sports complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, parks, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls, merry-go-round (doli)/Meena bazaar, and related activities and similar places.
- Jatra/opera/open-air theatres shall not be allowed to operate.
- All salons/barbershop, spas, beauty parlours etc shall remain closed.
- All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural/religious functions/other gatherings.
- All religious places/places of worship shall be closed for the public. However, religious rituals are allowed with bare minimum priests/servitors and staff. religious congregations are strictly prohibited.
- Marriages shall be permitted with approval from local authorities with no more than 50 persons and in case of funerals and last rites, the number of persons participating shall not be more than 20 (for the entire event) including hosts, guests, priests, and catering and other support staff. Under no circumstances, the number of participants shall exceed the ceiling for the entire event.
Marriage, funeral and last rites related gatherings shall be conducted as per the Government guidelines released vide Revenue and Disaster Management Department vide letter No. 2321/R&DM(DM) dt.30.04.2021