Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra today announced unlock measures to restart the economy after imposing a stringent lockdown in the state. According to the new unlock guidelines, shops can remain open between 6 AM and 6 PM in 17 districts. In the remaining 13 districts, shops will open between 6 AM & 1 PM. Further, weekend lockdown will continue to be observed in the state. The Odisha unlock will come into effect from June 17 (5 am) and will remain in force till July 1 (5 am).Also Read - Odisha Shocker: Man 'Sells' 2-Year-Old Daughter For Rs 5,000 to Buy Liquor

Check complete unlock guidelines for Odisha here:

  • All restrictions regarding marriage, cremation, meetings, social gatherings, the opening of temples will continue as per earlier guidelines.
  • All essential services, transport of goods, industrial activities, construction activities have been allowed. Public bus services will remain restricted for now.
  • Shops dealing in essential services can open from 6 am to 5 pm in 17 districts and from 6 am to 1 pm in 13 districts.
  • The 17 districts (having a positivity rate below 5 per cent) have been classified under Category A. The districts include Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada, Subarnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Rayagada.
  • The remaining 13 districts with a positivity rate above 5 per cent have been classified under Category B. These districts are Khordha, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kedrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar.
  • Parks, gyms will continue to stay shut in all districts.
  • Morning walks, cycling, and jogging activities have been permitted from 6am to 9 am.
  • Shopping malls, salons, cinema halls will stay shut.

Covid-19 cases in Odisha

Odisha’s COVID-19 tally surged to 8,63,061 on Wednesday as 3,535 more people tested positive for the infection, while 44 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 3,432, a health official said. The state registered less than 4,000 fresh infections for the second consecutive day after mid-April, as active cases dropped below the 50,000-mark.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 533, followed by Jajpur (348) and Cuttack (326).