Weekend shutdown declared in this Odisha district till August end

Dhenkanal: In view of increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Dhenkanal, the district administration declared weekend shutdown till end of August.

Exercising powers conferred under Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Epidemic Disease Act, 1987 & Regulation-2020, Dhenkanal Collector Bhumesh Chandra Behera imposed shutdown in entire district on all Saturdays and Sundays till August 31.

As the month of August is very critical for spreading of COVID-19 and keeping in view of rising cases in the district, Dhenkanal administration decided to take stricter precautionary measures by enforcing shutdown for two days every week till end of the month.

As per shutdown norms, all the non-essential services, commercial establishments and vehicular movements except healthcare and essential services will be restricted in the district on every Saturday and Sunday.

During the shutdown, only these following activities will be allowed:
  • All medical establishments, medicine stores, movement of ambulance and medical personnel
  • District and municipal administration/police/fire services
  • Central and State Govt officials on emergency duty
  • Telecom services
  • Petrol pumps
  • Print and Electronic media identified by the DIPRO/District Police
  • Water supply, sanitation & sewerage workers
  • Electricity supply & distribution
  • Movement of goods & good carriers either loaded or unloaded
  • Industrial establishment, factories and construction activities
  • All agriculture, horticulture & fisheries, animal husbandry, veterinary services, & allied activities, including procurement at mandis
  • Movement of road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles
  • Movement of rail and transport
  • Movement of public transport, private vehicle and taxis to and from airport, railway station and bus terminals
  • Marriages and funeral with permission of local authority
  • ATMs
  • Operation of bus station and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities
  • Home delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, and essential items by restaurants and aggregator
  • Dhabas along NH and State Highways/major roads for takeaway only
  • Milk booths
  • Newspaper hawkers between 5.00 AM and 8.00 AM only
  • LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas and associated activities, personnel and vehicular movements

Any person violating the above will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

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