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Partial Lockdown In Odisha with effect from July 1

Bhubaneswar:30/6/21: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra today informed that in Category B districts where Covid positivity rate is more than 5%, the weekend shutdown will continue till July 16.

The bus transportation will not be allowed in category B districts which are: Khordha, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Baleswar, Bhadrak, and Mayurbhanj.

As per the partial lockdown guidelines, all the shops, bus services, and small salons will remain open from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM in 20 category-A districts where the COVID TPR is below 5%.

No weekend shutdown in the category -A districts

Night curfew to remain in force throughout the State from 6.00 PM to 6.AM every day.

In Category B districts, where the positivity rate is above 5%, the shops will remain open between 6.00 AM and 2.00 PM. The outdoor shooting for films will be allowed in 10 Category-B districts.

However, Weekend shutdown and night curfew will continue in 10 category -B districts as before till July 16

Here’re the activities ALLOWED during Partial Lockdown in Odisha:
  • All shops (except shopping mall, spa and beauty parlors),  transport of goods, industrial activities, construction activities
  • Hospitals, clinics, medicine stores, and diagnostics centers. All healthcare services including AYUSH to remain functional
  • Veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicines
  • Indoor/outdoor shooting for films in category-A districts
  • Morning walk, jogging, and cycling
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and its regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, and payment system operators
  • All bank branches, banking, and ATM services
  • Movement of all medical and veterinary personnel by air to other states
  • Railway, airports, seaports to continue operation as per Centre’s guidelines
    Postal services
  • Movements allowed for COVID testing and vaccination
  • Agriculture, fisheries, and animal husbandry
  • Government and private offices will run with 50% employees capacity
  • Home delivery by operators/online delivery of all goods/services by e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Blue Dart, Big Basket, Zomato, Swiggy, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Uber Eats, etc.
  • Retailers of food and grocery items such as Big Bazaar, Reliance Fresh, OMFED, OPOLFED, Chilika Fresh, Spencers etc. They are also allowed to provide home delivery services
  • Print, Electronic, and web media (members of media houses may have to produce authorization from their appropriate authorities specifically showing their areas of movement)
  • IT and IT-enabled services with a maximum of 50% staff
  • Data and Call centers with bare minimum staff
  • Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, cable services/DTH, and optical fiber
  • Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets with home delivery
  • Power Generation, transmission and distribution units and services
  • Government-approved common service centers at Gram Panchayat level
  • Cold storage and warehousing services including ports, airports, railway stations, container depots, individual units, and other links in the logistic chains
  • Private security services and facilities management services for maintenance and upkeep of office and residential complexes
  • Hotels, homestays, lodges, and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew
  • Services provided by self-employed persons i.e electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters, etc
  • Shops that repair and service electrical and electronic appliances including fans, air coolers, water purifiers, ACs, mobile phones, computers, and accessories, etc
  • Milk booths dealing in milk products and bread are allowed to operate within the stipulated time period.
  • Restaurants and dhabas for home delivery and take away services only
  • All Aahaar centers for take away service only
  • OLA and Uber services allowed only to transport to and from hospitals, airports, and railway stations
  • Weekly markets in category-A districts
  • Professional sports persons allowed for training/practice
    • Parks and Gyms
    • All educational/training/coaching institutions. However, physical conduct of examinations by the State and Central agencies to be allowed on case to case basis by the respective departments with due intimation to all concerned authorities.
    • Shopping malls, showrooms dealing in garments, beauty parlours, salon, spa; cinema halls, multiplexes, bars, indoor amusement centres
    • Public transport system (buses and autorickshaw)
    • All types of sports, swimming pools
    • Jatra, opera and open air theatres
    • Indoor film shooting, TV soap shooting in category-B districts
    • Daily and weekly markets in category-B districts
    • Inter-state public transport by buses to remain suspended till 6.00 AM of July 16. In category-A districts, the inter-district and intra-district bus services will remain operational with seating capacity only.

    The lockdown restrictions for marriage, cremation, meetings, social gatherings, the opening of temples will continue as before.

    Stipulations for category-A districts:
    • All types of shops including street food vendors shall remain open from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM every day. However, malls, spa and beauty parlours shall remain closed.
    • Street food vendors allowed to serve take away foor only
    • Weekend shutdown shall not be imposed
    • Weekly and daily markets shall remain open with dispersed sitting arrangement and Covid appropriate behaviour
    • Inter-district and intra-district public transport by buses will remain functional with seating capacity only
    • Two wheeler with pillion rider and four wheelers, autorickshaw, taxis, cabs, Ola, Uber allowed with driver and upto two passengers in the back seat for all purposes during this time period.
    Stipulations for category-B districts:
    • All types of shops including street food vendors shall remain open from 6.00 AM to 2.00 PM. However, malls, spa and beauty parlours shall remain closed.
    • Street food vendors will be allowed to serve take away food only
    • Weekend shutdown from 2.00 PM of Fridays till 6.00 AM of Mondays every week shall be imposed
    • Weekly and daily markets shall remain closed
    • Inter-district and intra-district public transportation by buses will remain suspended till 6.00 AM of July 16
    • Two wheeler with pillion rider and four wheelers, cabs, Ola and Uber services allowed with driver and upto two passengers in the back seat for all purposes
    • Shops and establishments dealing in animal feed & fodder, seeds, fertilisers and pesticides and other agriculture related activities.

    The lockdown was clamped in all 30 districts on May 5 to contain spread of infection. It was extended for fourth time with partial relaxation in some districts as per decline in positive rate.

    The positivity rate has dipped gradually. Accordingly, the districts been divided into two categories A and B. While 20 districts — Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada — come under Category-A, the remaining 10 districts — Khordha, Puri, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj — have been categorised under B.

    The districts under category B still report higher positivity rate for which the restrictions will remain in force with a partial relaxation allowing the essential activities till July 16, said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra while announcing the unlock process in the State.

    Briefing the presser, he urged people especially youngsters to remain indoor and strictly follow COVID appropriate behaviour to keep themselves safe from COVID infection.

About Editor in chief

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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