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Odisha Government has announced a 14-day lockdown in all 30 districts.

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

During the lockdown, the following activities are ALLOWED with effect from May 5, 2021 till 5.00 AM of May 19, 2021, subject to adherence of SOP for social distancing and COVID safety protocols, issued by the Government:

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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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