Bhubaneswar: Several relaxations were today announced by the Odisha Government while extending the COVID-19 lockdown till 6 am of July 16.
All 30 districts of the state have been divided into two categories.
As many as 20 districts with less than 5% test positivity rate– Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Angul, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar– have been included in Category-A.
Rest 10 districts– Khordha, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj– are in Category-B.
All shops except shopping malls and spas will remain open from 6 am to 6 pm in 20 Category-A districts. Bus services will be allowed in Category-A districts while there will be no weekend shutdown in these 20 districts. Salons will also be allowed to open in the districts.
In Category-B districts, all shops except malls and spas will be allowed to open from 6 am to 2 pm. Weekend shutdown will continue in these 10 districts. Bus services have not been permitted in the districts. Salons will also be allowed to open in Category-B districts.
Night curfew will continue across the state. Educational and religious institutions will continue to remain closed.
Restrictions on weddings and funerals will continue across the state.