Odisha Balances between Life and Livelihood in Covid Fight

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Odisha Balances between Life and Livelihood in Covid Fight

Bhubaneswar: July 01: Odisha Governement has announced new strategies to fight COVID-19 for the State.

Speaking on the new guidelines Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “Odisha’s model of fighting through community empowerment and participation has proved successful till today. In current phase of the fight, the community and the people will be frontline warriors”.

State Government has promulgated new guidelines in the State of Odisha, which will come into force with effect from 1st July’2020.

As per the new guidelines, ‘The Lockdown will be limited to Containment Zones. Local Authorities i.e. District Collector/ Municipal Commissioner shall demarcate containment zones in accordance with the guidelines of MoHFW, Government of India/ H&FW Department of Government of Odisha. In the Containment Zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance, and other clinical interventions, as required. Local Authorities may also identify Buffer Zones outside the Containment Zones, where new cases are more likely to occur. Within the buffer zones, restrictions as considered necessary may be put in place by the Local authorities’. 

For regulation of activities in areas outside the Containment Zones, the following establishments/ activities will continue to remain closed till 31st July, 2020, throughout the State:

  • Religious places/ places of worship for public.
  • International air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.
  • Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
  • Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.
  • Schools, colleges, other educational/ training/ coaching institutions, etc. will remain closed for the purpose of teaching till 31st August, 2020. However, conduct of examinations and evaluation etc. shall be permitted.

Activities that are not specifically prohibited/ regulated/ restricted above are allowed.

A.  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the establishments/ activities mentioned above issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and other Ministries of Government of India/ Department of H&FW, Government of Odisha, for the above activities will be strictly followed for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of COVID-19.

B. Hotels and Restaurants are allowed to operate as per SOPs issued by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Restaurant service in Hotels will be open for in-house guests.

Restaurants and Hotels are permitted for home delivery/ takeaways of food. Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only.

Local Authorities may decide about opening of Shopping Malls with appropriate restrictions.

Night Curfew

All shops, commercial establishments, offices, institutions and movement of individuals shall remain closed/ prohibited between 9.00 pm to 5.00 am throughout the State, except for essential activities. The District Collectors/ Police Commissioner, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack shall issue orders, in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section 144 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance. This restriction shall not apply to:

  • District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Government Officials on duty
  • Doctors, Medical/ Paramedical Staff (Govt. & Private)
  • Staff of IT & ITeS Companies on production their ID cards
  • Any person, in case of medical or other emergency
  • Owner/ staff of Chemist shops
  • All industrial units
  • All construction activities
  • 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.
  • 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 and CNG Stations

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.

Zone 1:  10 districts – Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda

  1. Local authorities in these districts may impose restrictions on intra-district public and private transport and closure of shops & establishments, government and private institutions and movement/ assembly of people, as deemed appropriate.
  2. 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
  • Service sector industries, including IT/ ITeS, Hotel & Hospitality units
  • 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
  • Operation of hotels and hospitality units, including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel
  • Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables and essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy etc.
  • Newspaper hawkers between 5 am and 8 am only
  • Dhabas along National and State Highways/ Major roads for takeaway only
  • Milk booths
  • Food & Grocery stores such as Reliance Fresh, Big Bazaar, Falcon Chilika Fresh and others for home delivery only

Zone 2: Remaining 20 districts – Puri, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Sundargarh, Balangir, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Bargarh, Malkangiri, Nuapada, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Boudh, Nabarangapur, Rayagada, Subarnapur

All permissible activities are allowed, except during Night Curfew (as outlined in Clause 4 (b)).

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