Odisha Unlocks from August 1 : Malls, Theatres open and other details

The Odisha government eased the Covid-19 curbs in the state as it implements the revised version of the guideline from August 1. Malls, theatres, parks and swimming pools will reopen within Covid-19 safety conditions. Many other sectors also got relaxations to function.

The new guideline will be in effect from August 1 until September 1.

Maintaining a balance between life and livelihood government has moved to unlock activities, said Pradeep Jena. He said that the Odisha government’s Covid-19 control steps had worked well. He, however, said it needs to be careful as cases in other states are increasing.

The state will open for all types of activities from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening, then the 10 hour night curfew. However, political, religious and cultural gatherings failed to get approval, so were the exhibitions. Khordha and Cuttack will continue to observe the weekend shutdown along with Puri.

Malls and theatres made it to the government’s approval list to open. However, adult visitors there must have a vaccination certificate to get entry. Cinema halls can run with a maximum of 50 per cent of their seating capacity. The Jatras also got permission to run their shows under similar conditions.

scope opens for tourism sector

For tourists, Sea beaches, parks, swimming pools and water parks also became free within the limits of the Covid-19 protocol. Zoos, archaeological monuments, museums, and tourist places will also open.

However, Shri Jagannath Temple Administration will decide on the Puri Jagannath Temple. Similarly, the decision on the Lingaraj temple is left with its administration. Districts administrations will consider the fate of the temples within their limits.

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Eateries can provide on-spot-eating services. For people who have been waiting for the highly subsidized meals, the Aahar Kendras will now open for them.  On-spot-eating will be allowed for the street food vendors. The restaurants, bars and Dhabas can also accept customers up to 50 per cent of their sitting capacity.

Educational institutions, including coaching centres, can run following the guideline from their concerned district administration. Training and capacity building activities can go in the government and private institutions.

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