Bhubaneswar, June 16: The Odisha Government on Wednesday announced unlock process in the State starting from tomorrow as the Covid-19 positivity rate dipped to 6% from a high of 24% last month.
Briefing the media, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said that the State Government extended the partial lockdown till 5am of July 1 and divided the State into two categories based on the Covid-19 positivity rate, a senior official said.
The weekend shutdowns on Saturdays and Sundays will also continue across the State till the end of the month, he added.
Category A districts are southern and western parts of the State where the positivity rate is 5 per cent or less while Category B districts are having more positivity rate.
Category A districts include Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Subarnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Rayagada.
In Category A districts, shops for essential goods will open from 6 am to 5 pm.
In category B districts - Kohordha, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar- shops for essential goods will open from 6 am to 1 pm.
Keeping in view the livelihood of milk farmers, the State Government has decided to open sweet shops. They can only give parcels.
Keeping in view the livelihood of milk farmers, the state government has decided to open sweet shops. They can only give parcels.
The cycle sale and automobile repair shops will also open.
Morning walk and jugging are allowed but the parks and gyms will remain closed.
All essential services, transport of goods, industrial activities, and construction activities will be allowed. However, public buses will not run during the period.
All restrictions regarding marriage, cremation, social gatherings, opening of temples will continue as before.
Mohapatra said the borders with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will now be opened keeping in view the decline in Covid-19 cases in these States, but restrictions will continue along the borders with West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.