Night curfew in Odisha in April along with the weekend shutdown in 10 highly infected COVID-19 districts has been announced. The night curfew will be clamped in all across Odisha and the weekend shutdown will be clamped in the urban centres in 10 districts which are near Chhattisgarh borders.
Areas for night curfew in Odisha in April
The number of overall COVID-19 infections in the state are spiking up every day and these measures have been taken in that respect.
Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, who is the chief secretary, stated that the weekend shutdown would be imposed in all urban areas of Koraput, Sundargarh, Nabarangpur, Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, and Bargarh districts from Saturday, April 17.
The night curfew in all these areas will be extended from 9pm to 5am to 6pm to 5am.
Night curfew in Odisha in April: The urban areas
Also, the night curfew would be clamped in all urban areas of all the other 20 districts which include Cuttack and Bhubaneswar from 9pm to 5am from April 16, 2021.
The state government of Odisha has also announced that no social, cultural, political gatherings, religious, academic, and processions would be allowed till further notice.
The new rules
Every government office is to function with 50 per cent capacity whereas the private offices will be functioning with as less manpower as possible.
The state government of Odisha has suspended the inter-state bus operations, starting from April 19, 2021. The intra-state bus operations will be continuing with a limited sitting capacity.
Also, only two passengers excluding the driver are to be allowed in all taxis and auto rickshaws. All operas (called Jatras in Odia) will only be allowed with a limit of 1,000 people along with strict following of maintaining six-feet social distancing and proper wearing of masks.