COVID Surge: BMC Issues Guidelines, Masks Mandatory When Outside

Bhubaneswar: Taking into account the surge in number of COVID-19 cases recorded daily, the Bhubaneswar Municpal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday issued guidelines for the general public, marketplaces, and institutions.

The order issued by Municipal Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange stated:

1. All citizens residing within BMC area as well as from outside the city limits coming into Bhubaneswar shall have to wear mask appropriately while moving out and while in public places.

2. All citizens to maintain social distancing of two meters among themselves at all times while in public places.

3. Ali Malls/Shop/Store Owners etc. shall ensure social distancing about two metres on their premises. The responsibility of maintenance of social distancing lies with the Owner of the premises.

4. Citizens are advised to maintain hand hygiene frequently and observe appropriate coughing/sneezing etiquette at all times.

5. Citizens are advised to refrain from spitting in public places.

6. The CEO/Managers/Head of the offices of Govt as well as Private offices shall ensure that their employees are observing COVID appropriate behaviour mentioned above in their Office premises.

7. Any violations on the above-mentioned aspect will attract penal provisions of the Odisha COVID-19 regulations and amendments made time to time.