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COVID-19: Odisha announces 14-day complete lockdown in 4 high caseload-districts

Bhubaneswar: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, Odisha government on Thursday imposed a 14-day lockdown in four districts and entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area of Sundergarh district.
Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy informed that the lockdown restrictions will be clamped in Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack and Jajpur districts along with the entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area.
The lockdown restrictions will come to effect from tomorrow.
“From the ongoing surveys which is going on, it is learnt that nearly two-third of the active cases and new cases load which accounts for nearly 66 percent of the cases have been reported from Ganjam, Cuttack, Jajpur and Khurda. Hence, we have decided to impose 14-day lockdown till July 31,” said Tripathy.
However, there will be relaxations for the following offices and services.
Government of India establishments: Defence, Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury including Pay & Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and Field Offices of the Comptroller General of Accounts with bare minimum staff, Central Government offices on emergency duty, Post Offices, Telecom Services including their maintenance offices and involvement of associated personnel, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies including IMD, Customs clearance at ports, airport land border; GSTN; and MCA 21 Registry, with bare minimum staff, Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCI, CCIL, ATMs, Clearing Houses, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers, with bare minimum staff.
Government of Odisha establishments: Disaster Management establishments, State Government officials on emergency duty, District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Fire Services/ Government officials on emergency duty
Utilities and Essential Services: All medical establishments including Govt. and private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores. Movement of ambulance and all medical personnel including Doctors and Paramedics, Water supply, sanitation and sewerage workers, Power generation, transmission and distribution
Transport: Movement of air, sea and rail transport. Operations of Airports, Railway Stations, Bus Terminals and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel and activities, Road transport and movement of transiting vehicles on highways, movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded, 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
Vegetables, Food & Grocery: Shops selling vegetables, grocery and milk between 6 am to 1 pm, Home Delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, egg, fish, meat and other essential items by restaurants and aggregators such as Zomato, Swiggy, OPOLFED, OMFED, Chilika Fresh etc.
Economic and Other activities: Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services and allied activities, all industrial units, factories and construction activities, IT/ITeS units with bare minimum staff for critical operations, 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, CNG Stations and LPG, including their bottling, distribution and retail outlets, Operations of E-commerce establishments such as Flipkaft, Amazon etc, including their warehousing and delivery activities
Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police, Marriages and Funerals, with permission of local authority
The State government asked the enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to the movement of people, but not that of goods.
Penalty will be imposed on any person violating the guidelines in accordance with the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Besides legal action will be taken under Section 1BB of the IPC, and other legal provisions such as Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, as applicable.

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