Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today announced specific guidelines for 10 districts which have witnessed a greater caseload of COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks. These districts have been categorised as Zone 1.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “The State Government will adopt a graded approach for districts depending on the status of the spread of the disease and vulnerability. Additional restrictions are required to be imposed on mobility and congregations in the interest of the containment of the spread of the disease.”
Here are the details about Zone 1: 10 districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda.
- Local authorities in these districts may impose restrictions on intradistrict public and private transport and closure of shops & establishments, government and private institutions and movement/ assembly of people, as deemed appropriate.
- The Weekend Shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays will continue for the above districts in the month of July. During this shutdown, only the following activities shall be allowed:
- All medical establishments including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores, movement of ambulance and all medical personnel.
- District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services
- Central & State Government officials on emergency duty
- Telecom services
- Petrol pumps
- Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police
- Water Supply, sanitation and sewerage workers
- Electricity supply and distribution
- Movement of goods and good carriers, whether loaded or unloaded
- Industrial establishments, factories and construction activities
- Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services and allied activities, including procurement at Mandis
- Service sector industries, including IT/ ITes, Hotel & Hospitality units. Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel
- Movement of rail and air transport
- Road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles
- 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.
- Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority
- ATMs and critical financial institutions like RBI, Clearing Houses
- Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities
- Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables and essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy etc.
- Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only
- Milk booths
- Food & Grocery stores such as Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Chilika Fresh and others for home delivery only
- Newspaper hawkers between 5 am and 8 am only
“The night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am will remain as it is from Monday to Friday in Zone 1. Whereas, Saturdays and Sundays, these 10 districts will be locked down,” the Chief Secretary said.