As per the notification issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), night curfew shall be imposed in all urban areas of the State from 5 am of 1st January till 5 am of 1st February 2022. There shall be no movement of vehicles except for exigencies on production of proper evidence.
All types of shops, malls shall remain open across the state from 5 am to 10 pm every day during the unlock period and the Mall Authorities/ shop owner(s)/ Market Associations shall be responsible to ensure that COVID appropriate behaviour is followed strictly by himself/herself, and the customers as well.
The owner shall make arrangements by deploying his/her staff to prevent crowding by customers inside and outside the shop/ mall. Proper social distancing demarcations in and outside the shop shall be displayed by the shop owner and COVID appropriate social distancing shall be ensured by him/her.
All social and religious gatherings shall remain prohibited while political gatherings have been capped at 100 persons with full compliance to COVID protocols.
Besides, exhibitions, trade fairs, expo, melas shall remain prohibited. However, official events may be allowed with prior approval of the Government.
Picnics in Parks, Nature Clubs, Beaches and other Picnic Spots shall not be allowed and no cultural and Dance programmes of any sort shall be organised in Hotels, Parks, Malls, conventions centres, Kalyan Mandaps.
The Educational Institutions shall not organize Excursions Picnics till the end of January 2022.
Cultural gatherings, programmes including melodies, orchestra, Jatra, opera, dances-classical, folk and other permitted dance forms, cultural competitions, open-air theatres, drama, Nukkad Natak, street plays, other such performances, etc shall be allowed to open with due compliance to covid protocols.
Cinema halls, theatres shall be allowed to open with up to 50% of capacity and operate with due compliance to Covid protocols.
Marriages, thread ceremony, Bratopanayan, funerals, last rites and related gatherings (with one reception) with approval from local authorities shall be allowed with a ceiling of 250 persons (for the entire event) including hosts, guests, priests and catering and other support staff with adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
For indoor halls the numbers of viewers/ spectators shall not exceed 50% of the seating capacity of the hall.
Meanwhile, Odisha reported 225 fresh Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 10,54,606. With this, the State's active caseload rose to 1,652.
So far, 14 Omicron cases have been detected in Odisha. Of them, 13 are foreign returnees. One person has already been tested negative.