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Home delivery of liquor allowed in lockdown areas of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Friday allowed home delivery of liquor during the lockdown in Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur districts and Rourkela Municipal Corporation Area till July 31.
The Office of the Special Relief Commissioner issued an order mentioning new exemptions during the lockdown.
As per the order, home delivery of IMFL/CL/OS liquor by the existing ON/OFF/OS licensees as per the prevailing guidelines of the Excise Department will be allowed during the lockdown in the areas.
The order further said that shops dealing with fruits, fish, meat, chicken and egg will be allowed to remain open between 6 am and 1 pm during the lockdown, subjected to strict adherence of norms of physical distancing and other COVID-l9 safety protocols.
Other new exemptions include telecom and Internet Service Providers including their maintenance offices and movement of their staff with proper identity cards, data and call centres, banks, insurance and financial institutions including Service Organisations to operate with not more than 25 per cent of their manpower for essential banking transactions and ATM feeding agencies, capital and debt market services as notified by the Security & Exchange Board of India with bare minimum staff, Departments of the State Government and their sub-ordinate offices as notified by the GA & PG Department, mining operations, cold storage, warehousing services and packaging units including their transportation, and deployment of private security services.

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