Odisha Lockdown Latest News Today: Naveen Patnaik led Odisha government has announced to extend the lockdown in the state till July 1, 2021. The lockdown in the state was imposed due to second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The Revenue and Disaster Management Department of the Odisha government has decided to extend the lockdown in the state till July 1, 2021, 5 AM.
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The officials had informed PTI that partial lockdown in the state has been extended till July 1, 2021. However, the state has opened borders with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. PTI has tweeted from its official Twitter handle, “Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1, opens borders with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand: Official.”
Odisha extends partial lockdown till July 1, opens borders with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand: Official
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) June 16, 2021
According to PTI, Odisha Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said that under Category A, there are 17 districts located in the southern and western parts of the state where the positivity rate is 5 per cent or less, while 13 districts in coastal regions feature in Category B. In the Category-A districts that include Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Balangir, Ganjam, Kandhamal and Koraput, shops for essential goods will remain open from 6 AM to 5 PM. The timing for such shops in districts listed in Category B will be 6 AM to 1 PM.
The Chief Secretary further informed that the state government has also allowed sweet shops to open on the condition that these will only provide parcels. The street vendors selling food items in Category A districts can resume business, too, but on take-away basis.
Morning walks in the parks will be allowed from 6 AM to 9 AM. However, the parks will remain closed till July 1, 2021. Mohapatra further added that all essential services, industrial and construction activities, and transport of goods will be allowed, nevertheless, public bus services will not be available.
According to the COVID-19 portal of the Odisha government, at present there are 45,809 active cases in the state. The senior official said district authorities are empowered to impose further restrictions if there is a rise in COVID-19 cases.