Bhubaneswar, May 4 (MNN) The Odisha government has imposed a lockdown across the state from 5 am on May 5 till 5 am on May 19, but allowed a few activities in the interest of economic growth and livelihoods of people.
PK Mahapatra, Additional Chief Secretary to Odisha government, said in an official letter that the lockdown had been imposed in the interest of public health and to contain the spread of COVI0-19.
However, there shall be a complete shutdown on weekends, starting from 6 pm on Fridays till 5 am of Mondays.
Pradeep Jena, Special Commissioner and Principal Secretary to the government (Disaster Management) clarified that a few activities were allowed in the interest of economic growth and livelihoods of people.
These include industries in both rural and urban areas, all agriculture-related activities like production, transportation, marketing and trade in agricultural produce , activities ancillary to agriculture like sale of chemicals and pesticides, fertilisers, tools and machineries, fish feed, dairy, plantation, all construction activities in both government and private sectors and associated vehicles and manpower etc.
Further, shops dealing in grocery, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, egg etc will also remain open between 6 am and noon on weekdays.
All these activities require regular monitoring by officials concerned to ensure these are not hampered.
Supply lines dealing with food and essential commodities will also remain open.
“Departments concerned are, therefore, requested to ensure that their offices are kept open during the lockdown period to ensure that support for all permitted activities continue unabated, the officer said.
Meanwhile, Mahapatra said that during the lockdown shutdown period, COVID-l9 vaccination sessions shall be continued uninterruptedly in all districts from Mondays to Saturdays (including gazetted holidays) subject to availability of vaccines.
No sessions shall be planned on Sundays and all vaccination centres must be property sanitised on Sunday to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 infections.
Those eligible – healthcare and frontline workers, those above the age of 45 and above 18 — shall be allowed to travel to CVCs in their own vehicles, taxies auto-rickshaws by following the guideline.