#BIGBREAKING: Weekend shutdown imposed in urban areas of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government announced to impose weekend shutdown in all urban areas of the State to contain the spread of deadly coronavirus.

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena said stated during the weekend shutdown all activities shall be closed except the following:

• All medical establishments including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores, movement of Ambulance and all medical personnel.
• District and Municipal Administration/ police/ Fire Services
• Central & State Government officials on emergency duty
• Telecom services
• Petrol pumps
• LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas and associated facilities, associated
• personnel and vehicular movement
• Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District police
• Water Supply, sanitation and sewerage workers
• Electricity supply and distribution
• Movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded
• Industrial establishments, factories and construction activities
• Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veteriqary Seruices and allied activities, including procurement at Mandis
• Service sector industries, including IT/ ITeS, Hotel & Hospitality units. Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel
• Movement of rail and air transport
• Road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles
• Movement of Public Transpott, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airports, railway station and bus terminals/ stands/ltops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road
• Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority
• ATMs and critical financial institutions like RBI, clearing Houses
• Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities
• Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables and essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, etc.
• Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only
• Milk booths and related activities
• Food & Grocery stores such as Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Chilika Fresh and others for home delivery only
• Newspaper hawkers between 5.00 am to 8.00 am only

The SRC further stated no pass would be required for movement of above category of persons. Valid travel documents/ authorisations such as airline/ railway/ bus ticket or boarding passes, with any identity proof shall be adequate for the purpose.

The identity cards issued by appropriate authorities of the establishments shall serve as pass for effecting movement of employees of establishments under permitted activities.

He added patients and their attendants/ persons requiring emergency need for movement shall be allowed to move with minimal proof of their emergencies.

The official said night curfew will continue to be imposed in Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri districts from 6 PM to 5 AM every day. The restrictions have been imposed from 6 PM of April 17.

Also, night curfew will continue to be in force in all urban areas of other districts of the state, from 9 PM to 5 AM every day.

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