Odisha Unlock: Here’re key highlights

Bhubaneswar: In view of gradual decline in COVID-19 positivity rate in Odisha, the State Government started unlock process by issuing fresh guidelines for the month of August, 2021.

The guidelines will remain in force from 6.00 AM of August 1 till 6.00 AM of September 1, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena today.

As per the fresh COVID guidelines issued for the month of August 2021, the weekend shutdown will continue in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri as before.

The night curfew will be imposed between 8pm and 6 am in all 30 districts.

After three months of closure, the State Government has decided to reopen the shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cinema halls and threatres with 50% occupancy.

Here’re the activities ALLOWED in Odisha:

  • Shopping malls, bars, threatres, cinema halls, dhabas and parks
  • Jatra, opera and open air theatres
  • All shops, transport of goods, industrial activities, construction activities
  • Inter-state and Intra-bus services
  • Zoo, swimming pools
  • Hospitals, clinics, medicine stores and diagnostics centres. All healthcare services including AYUSH to remain functional
  • Veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine and medicines
  • Indoor/outdoor shooting for films
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and its regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL and payment system operators
  • All bank branches, banking and ATM services
  • Movement of all medical and veterinary personnel by air to other states
  • Railway, airports, seaports to continue operation as per Centre’s guidelines
  • Postal services
  • Movements allowed for COVID testing and vaccination
  • Agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry
  • Government and private offices will run with 50% employees capacity
  • Home delivery by operators/online delivery of all goods/services by e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Blue Dart, Big Basket, Zomato, Swiggy, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Uber Eats etc.
  • Retailers of food and grocery items such as Big Bazaar, Reliance Fresh, OMFED, OPOLFED, Chilika Fresh, Spencers etc. They are also allowed to provide home delivery services
  • Print, Electronic and web media (members of media houses may have to produce authorisation from their appropriate authorities specifically showing their areas of movement)
  • IT and IT enabled services with with a maximum of 50% staff
  • Data and Call centres with bare minimum staff
  • Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, cable services/DTH and optical fibre
  • Petrol pumps, LPG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets with home delivery
  • Power Generation, transmission and distribution units and services
  • Government approved common service centres at Gram Panchayat level
  • Cold storage and warehousing services including ports, airports, railway stations, container depots, individual units and other links in the logistic chains
  • Private security services and facilities management services for maintenance and upkeep of office and residential complexes
  • Hotels, home stays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew
  • Services provided by self-employed persons i.e electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters etc
  • Shops that repair and service electrical and electronic appliances including fans, air coolers, water purifiers, ACs, mobile phones, computers and accessories etc
  • Milk booths dealing in milk products and bread are allowed to operate within the stipulated time period.
  • All Aahaar centres for take away service only
  • Daily and weekly markets
  • OLA and Uber services
  • Outdoor sports activities
  • All educational/training/coaching institutions will be reopened as per the SOP issued by the concerned departments. The physical conduct of examinations by the State and Central agencies to be allowed on case to case basis by the respective departments with due intimation to all concerned authorities.

Here’re activities CLOSED during lockdown:

  • The lockdown restrictions for marriage, cremation, meetings, social gatherings, opening of temples will continue as before.

The district administrations will take a final call for reopening of temples and religious institutions. 

The positivity rate has dipped to 2.18% in Odisha. While the TPR has declined in 27 districts, the infection rate stands higher in 3 districts including Khordha and Cuttack as compared to State’s TPR.


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