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Odisha: Night curfew in 10 districts from today; here’s everything you need to know

5/04/2021 at 8:52 AM

Bhubaneswar, April 5: As the coronavirus cases rise in the state, the Odisha government has imposed a night curfew in ten cities from tomorrow. The night curfew will be imposed in cities including Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri from today.

All shops, commercial establishments, offices, institutions and movement of individuals shall remain closed/ prohibited between 10.00 pm to 5.00 am, except for essential activities. District Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners shall issue orders for their respective jurisdictions, under appropriate provisions of law, such as under Section t44 of CrPC, and ensure strict compliance.

Restriction shall not apply to:

District and Municipal Administration/ Police/ Government Officials on duty.
Doctors, Medical/ Paramedical Staff (Govt. & Private), ambulances and emergency health staff. Emergency workers of utilities such as Electricity, Fire Services, Telecom, Water, Railways and Airport, Tra services.
The staff of IT & ITeS companies on the production of their ID cards. Any person, in case of medical or another 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 the 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.
 Print and Electronic Media identified by Commissionerate/ District Police (with identity cards of respective media houses) .
LPG distribution, home delivery of cooking gas and associated facilities, personnel and vehicular movement.
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.

No pass would be required for movement of above category of persons. Valid Travel documents/ authorisations such as airline/ railway/ bus tickets/ boarding passes, with any identity proof shall be adequate for the purpose. Identity cards issued by appropriate authorities of the establishments shall serve as pass for effecting movement of employees of establishments under permitted activities. Patients and their attendants/ persons requiring emergency need for movement shall be allowed to move with minimal proof of their emergencies. Officers/ staff on duty shall be sensitized to appreciate the situation of persons on the road and take suitable action to facilitate movement on emergency needs.

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