Lockdown in Odisha: Grocery, food shops to be opened from 7 AM to 11 AM

Bhubaneswar: Grocery and food shops in Odisha will remain open from 7 AM to 11 AM during lockdown in the state, which was today extended till 5 am of June 1.

However, the shops will be closed during weekend shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Street corner roadside shops/ standalone shops dealing with food and essential items, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and milk are allowed to operate on weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 7 AM and 11 AM. Such shops shall maintain a minimum 30 feet shop to shop distance. The shopkeepers and the buyers shall mandatorily abide by the Covid safety protocols like social distancing and use of mask,” an official notification of the state government said.

“The local authorities shall demarcate areas for this purpose. The Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners shall make all efforts to disperse the vegetable vendors in such a manner that no person is required to travel more than 0.5 km for purchase of vegetables. Any violation of COVID-19 protocols will attract closure/ sealing/ cancellation of license of the concerned shops,” the notification said.

Weekly and daily haats shall be prohibited, it added.

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