Night curfew in Odisha from New Year; Check what’s allowed

Bhubaneswar: As part of precautionary measures to check spread of infections due to new variant of COVID-19 ‘Omicron’ in Odisha, the State Government has imposed night curfew in all urban areas allowing operation of essential services from tomorrow.

The night curfew will remain in force from 10 pm to 5 am with effect from January 1 till February 1, 2022.

However, certain activities will be exempted from the restrictions in the urban areas.

The night curfew will not apply to the following activities:

1. District and Municipal administration/police/government officials on duty
2. Doctors, medical/paramedical staff, ambulances
3. Emergency workers in the department of electricity, fire services, telecom, water supply, railway and airport
4. Print and Electronic media identified by Commissionerate/District police
5. Movement of public transport, private vehicles and taxis including OLA, Uber to and from airports, railway stations, bus terminals, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, railway and road.
6. Staff of IT and ITES Companies on production of their ID cards.
7. Officials of early warning agencies including IMD.
8. Disaster Management establishments
9. Movement of persons for COVID testing and vaccination
10. All Government and private establishments dealing with essential services like power, telecom, water supply, police, municipal services, railways, airport, port services and security.
11. Medicine stores
12. Any person in case of medical emergency
13. Owner/staff of chemist shops
14. All industrial units
15. All construction activities
16. Operation of hotels and hospitality units and movement of their staff
17. Dhabas along NH and State Highways/major roads for takeaway only
18. Petrol pumps
19. LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas
20. Home delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat, milk and other essential items by aggregators including Zomato, and Swiggy.

Yesterday, the Special Relief Commissioner issued Covid guidelines for the month of January to prevent spread of Omicron infection across the State.

Read: Covid guidelines for January in Odisha: Know what’s allowed, what’s not

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