Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has announced complete week-end shutdown in four districts and Steel City and said the night curfew will continue across the state till 31 August.
Mr.Tripathy was briefing Media about Unlock-III Guidelines and said many sectors are being opened up with reduced restrains to activate the economic engine and livelihood activity.
Chief Secretary said it is a complex matter as the state has to balance between relaxation and maintaing restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We have reopen further to normalize economic activity and livelihoods. But no congregation will be allowed and Covid-19 guidelines will be strictly followed in closed areas like factories and offices,” CS said
However he emphatically announced that COVID-19 Guidelines will be strictly enforced across the state to contain the spread of Virus.
Chief Secretary said the State Government has decided to collect enhanced penalties from people violating norms for social distance, wearing of masks and restriction on get together.
In order to put deterrence, the State Government has decided to hike the penalty for not wearing masks or improper wearing to Rs 1,000 for the first two offences and Rs 5,000 fine for further violation. Earlier, the penalty amount was Rs 500 for first two offences and Rs 1000 thereafter.
Violation of social distancing norms during marriage and at commercial establishments will attract Rs 10,000 fine and the amount may be hiked. The venue will be sealed in case of violation of social distancing norms for a week for first offence and up to one month thereafter.
Mr.Tripathy said that congregations of people are strictly prohibited, and not more than ten people will be allowed to congregate anywhere and a fine of Rs 10,000 will be imposed on violators.
The Week-End Shutdown will be imposed in four heavy caseload districts of Ganjam, Khurda, Gajapati, Cuttack and areas under Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) till 31 August, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena.
Mr.Jena informed that as there is little time Shutdown will be enforced from 1 PM to 9 PM on 1 and 2 August, while normal activities will be allowed from 5 AM to 1 PM.
SRC said adding all activities including movement of people will be restricted during the Shutdown.
While Union Government has announced withdrawal of night curfew, the State Government has decided to continue the restriction from 9 PM to 5 PM across the state in August, SRC maintained..
Mr.Jena said that there will be complete lockdown in containment zones till 31 August and no movement into and out of these areas will be allowed.
Religious institutions, places of worship, cinema halls and theatres will remain closed for the public till 31 August.
There will be no teaching activities in schools, colleges and educational institutions, but examinations, evaluation and administrative works can be allowed.
Yoga Centers and Gymnasiums will be allowed to open in the state from 5 August and these Centers can operate in accordance with the standard operating procedures laid down by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Social, political, cultural functions and entertainment programs will not be allowed during the month.