The Odisha government today announced the extension of the lockdown for an additional 16 days until June 17 to further stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The second phase of the lockdown was scheduled to end at 5 a.m. on June 1.
“The lockdown is primarily aimed at restricting the movement of people and not goods. All restrictions and exemptions from previous lockdowns will also be implemented in the third phase,” Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra said.
The weekend closure will also continue, he said.
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Earlier, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra announced that the full weekend shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays, when only hospitals and medical facilities are allowed to operate, will also continue as before.
Mohapatra said more stringent measures will be taken during the second phase of the lockdown. In the first phase, people had six hours from 6 a.m. every day to purchase essentials, but now the window has been reduced to five.
“People can buy essentials between 6 am and 11 am by walking to nearby markets,” he said.
The government has also decided to further reduce the number of wedding ceremony participants from 50 to 25, including the bride, groom and priests, he said.
The limit on the number of participants in the wire ceremony / funeral / last rites has been limited to 20.
The chief secretary said there would be no party in any of the functions and that guests could be allowed to take food items in packages.
Local authorities will give permission for weddings and other events, according to a notification.
The interstate and intra-state bus service will remain suspended until June 1.
Although the number of daily increase in COVID-19 cases remains at around 10,000, it appears to be in a plateau state.
There has been an improvement in the situation in the western districts of Odisha bordering the Chhattisgarh due to the ongoing lockdown and weekend shutdown, Mohapatra said.
On May 2, the state government announced a full 14-day lockdown with effect from May 5. This separate and complete weekend shutdown has also been imposed statewide.
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