Odisha relaxes quarantine norms for persons coming from West Bengal

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today relaxed quarantine norms for people visiting the State from West Bengal. The Special Relief Commissioner’s Office in an order stated anyone who has been successfully vaccinated two doses and produces the vaccination certificate will be allowed home quarantine for seven days.

Also, those who coming from the neighbouring State and tested negative in RTPCR test within 48 hours before entering Odisha can spend home quarantine for seven days, the order mentioned.

Earlier, the Odisha government made a 14-day mandatory quarantine for people coming from West Bengal by personal / hired vehicles/ trains or entering the state in any other mode.

Similarly, passengers coming from West Bengal alighting at Bhubaneswar/ Jharsuguda Airport shall be mandatorily subjected to institutional quarantine/ paid quarantine for 14 days at facilities identified /ordered by District Magistrate or Municipal Commissioner.

Today’s order further stated if there is no suitable facility for home quarantine, persons coming West Bengal from may opt for institutional / paid quarantine in the identified facilities for seven days.

“However, in case of non-compliance of the Covid protocols and home quarantine guidelines issued by MoHFW/H&FW Department of Government of Odisha, such persons shall be quarantined in institutional facilities for 7 days,” the order added.
The SRC order also mentioned persons coming on emergency works related to Covid-19 management by Government and private hospitals as well as those coming in connection with election duty as per the orders of ECI or Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha will be exempted from the quarantine norm.

Any person violating the SRC norm on Covid will face action under the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions.

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