Bhubaneswar: In his press briefing, Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena mentioned changes that will be reflected in lockdown norms, relaxation in inter and intra-state travelling by buses or trains and lastly quarantine guidelines
The recommencement of domestic flights will in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The previously announced Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the safety of the passengers due to COVID-19 pandemic will be strictly followed, said SRC.
Furthermore, he spoke of the activities that would now be permitted, except in containment zones:
1: Inter-State movement of passenger vehicles and buses, with mutual consent of the State(s)/ UT(s) involved.
2: Intra-State movement of two-wheelers, private vehicles, official vehicles, taxis (including cabs by aggregators like Ola, Uber etc.). Four wheelers and Auto Rickshaws are allowed with up to 2 passengers apart from the driver.
3: Intra-State Buses, Other Passenger vehicles and City Buses are allowed to operate up to seating capacity of the vehicle. Passengers have to mandatorily wear masks and advised to carry sanitizers.
4: Intra-State trains are allowed to operate following the SOP of MHA and Indian Railways.
5: 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 are allowed round the clock, for facilitating the movement of passengers by air, rail and road.
6: All passengers travelling across the State by any mode of transport shall compulsorily wear face masks and persons with visible symptoms will not be permitted aboard.
With relaxation in travel guidelines in Lockdown 4.0 which is set to end on May 31, accordingly the quarantine norms have also been changed. They are:
1: The quarantine period for returnee(s) to the State will be limited to 14 days. This shall be implemented by local authorities i.e., District Collectors.
2: Returnee(s) in rural areas will undergo 7 days of mandatory institutional quarantine, post which asymptomatic returnee(s) shall be discharged to undergo home quarantine for a further period of 7 days. If the local authorities find it necessary for reasons related to containment of COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of infection, they may extend the period of institutional quarantine of the returnee(s).
3: In case the quarantine develops symptoms requiring medical attention, he/ she may be shifted to COVID Care Centre/ COVID Hospital.
4: Every person on return from outside Odisha shall have to compulsorily stay in home quarantine for a period of 14 days, observing guidelines issued by H&FW Dept., Govt. of Odisha. If the returnee does not have proper quarantine facility at home, he/ she shall undergo institutional/ paid quarantine for a duration as directed by the local authorities.