Odisha: What’s allowed, what’s not during 15-day lockdown in these areas

Bhubaneswar: When there has been a spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government today announced to impose a 15-day lockdown in the entire jurisdictions of Khordha, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur districts and Rourkela Municipal Corporation from 9 pm on July 17. During this lockdown, all shops & commercial establishments, offices and institutions shall remain closed and mobility of people restricted.

However, there will be relaxations for the following offices and services.

Government of India establishments: Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury including Pay & Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and Field Offices of the Comptroller General of Accounts with bare minimum staff, Central Government offices on emergency duty, Post Offices, Telecom Services including their maintenance offices and involvement of associated personnel, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies including IMD, Customs clearance at ports, airport land border; GSTN; and MCA 21 Registry, with bare minimum staff, Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, ATMs, Clearing Houses, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers, with bare minimum staff.

Government of Odisha establishments: Disaster Management establishments, State Government officials on emergency duty, District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services/ Government officials on emergency duty

Utilities and Essential Services: All medical establishments including Govt. and private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores. Movement of ambulance and all medical personnel including Doctors and Paramedics, Water supply, sanitation and sewerage workers, Power generation, transmission and distribution

Transport: Movement of air, sea and rail transport. Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities, Road transport and movement of transiting vehicles on highways, movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded, movement of Public Transport, private vehicles and taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber, etc.) to and from airports, railway station and bus terminals/ stands/stops, for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road

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Vegetables, Food & Grocery: Shops selling vegetables, grocery and milk between 6 am to 1 pm, Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat and other essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, OPOLFED, OMFED, Chilika Fresh etc.

Economic and Other activities: Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services and allied activities, all industrial units, factories and construction activities, IT/ITeS units with bare minimum staff for critical operations, Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel, Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only.

Petrol pumps, CNG Stations and LPG, including their bottling, distribution and retail outlets, Operations of E-commerce establishments such as Flipkaft, Amazon etc, including their warehousing and delivery activities

Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police, Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority

The State government asked the enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to the movement of people, but not that of goods.

Penalty will be imposed on any person violating the guidelines in accordance with the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Besides legal action will be taken under Section 1BB of the IPC, and other legal provisions such as Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, as applicable.

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