Night curfew relaxed in Odisha, but weekend shutdown to continue in 10 districts
Schools, educational institutions and cinema halls will remain closed till August 31, informs Odisha Chief Secretary
Bhubaneswar: Amid the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government today said schools, educational institutions and cinema halls will remain closed till August 31.
Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy further said, however, the educational institutions will be allowed to remain open to conduct examinations and evaluations.
The night curfew across the State will be clamped from 9 PM to 5 AM.
Based on the number of active cases, the State government categorized 10 districts namely Ganjam, Gajapati, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda districts under Zone-1, the Chief Secretary informed.
“Local administrations in these 10 districts have been empowered to stop inter-district public and private transport movement if they feel for the same. Office and business establishments can be closed by the local authorities,” Tripathy said, adding the weekend shutdown will continue in the 10 districts coming under Zone-1.
However, emergency service, Fire services and police were given the exception. Personnel of animal husbandry and fisheries departments are also given an exception. Hotels and restaurants are only allowed for food takeaways whereas big groceries stores can make home delivery only.
He said other districts of the State have been categorized as Zone 2 where there will not be not much restrictions apart from the night curfew.