Odisha imposes more COVID-19 restrictions as infections surge- Check guidelines here


New Delhi: Amid a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the country due to the Omicron variant, the Odisha government on Wednesday (January 5, 2022) imposed additional restrictions, which will come into effect from January 7, and ordered the closure of schools to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P.K. Jena made the announcement of the additional restrictions that will continue till February 1 (5 a.m.) and will come into effect from January 7 (5 a.m.). 

While making the announcement, Jena said that all schools and colleges up to class 12 will remain closed. However, all such educational institutions are encouraged to organise online video methods of teaching and learning for class 10 and 12 students.

Additionally, the educational institution can organise doubt clearing classes in small batches with the consent of parents by observing the due Covid protocols. 

Check COVID-19 guidelines here: 

– All examinations including the summative examinations will continue. 

– All Anganwadi Centres will also remain closed.

Night curfew will be imposed in all urban areas of the state from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day. During the night curfew hours, there shall be no movement of vehicles except for exigencies on production of proper evidence.

– Malls and shopping complexes will have to operate with a reduced number of customers. 

– The Special Relief Commissioner said that the mall owner will have to ensure that persons entering malls are thoroughly screened for temperature, correct use of masks and physical distance, he further said.

– The food court and food plaza will also remain open for take-away only. 

– All large social, religious gatherings will remain prohibited. However, political, sports, academic functions and gatherings will be allowed with a ceiling of 100 persons subject to certain conditions.

– No rallies, processions, demonstrations, dharanas, strikes of any sort will be allowed except for individuals not exceeding 5 persons coming to handover petitions/memorandum, if any.

– Exhibitions, trade fairs, expo and melas have also been prohibited in the State. Physical business-to-business meetings are also prohibited.

– No picnic in parks, nature clubs, beaches and other picnic/tourist spots will be allowed. 

– No cultural and dance programmes of any sort shall be organised in hotels, parks, malls, convention centres and Kalyan Mandaps.

– No educational institutions can organise excursions or picnics till the end of January 2022. 

– Annual Day celebration/ anniversary of any sort in the pretext of any reason will also not be allowed in any public places.

– Marriages, thread ceremony and related gatherings with approval from local authorities will be allowed with a ceiling of 100 persons.

– Maximum 50 participants will be allowed for funerals, last rites and related events.

– Haats and Markets including fish markets will be decentralised and allowed to operate with a minimum 30 feet distance from shop to shop. 

– Hotels, restaurants, dhabas, bars and pubs are allowed to dine in up to 50 percent of the seating capacity with compliance of Covid-19 safety protocols till 9 pm.

– All gymnasiums, spas, beauty parlour, saloons are allowed to open subject to time schedule. 

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