Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Complete lockdown in Bihar & Odisha to contain spread of Coronavirus

The Bihar government has imposed complete lockdown in the state till the 15th of this month to contain the spread of Corona. However, vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown.

As per the new guidelines, government offices and public corporations will remain closed. All educational institutions, private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. Cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms, stadiums and parks have also been closed. Movement of public transport except trains and flights has been stopped. Transport of emergency services has been allowed.

However, ration shops, dairy, vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 7 am and 11 am.

Home delivery from restaurants will be allowed from 9 am to 9 pm. All places of worship and religious gatherings will also be closed. The concerned authorities have been instructed to encourage home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.

For marriage ceremonies, 50 persons have been allowed and permission has to be taken from the concerned police station three days in advance. Only 20 persons will be permitted in funeral processions.

Odisha government has also imposed a state-wide lockdown for 14 days beginning today. The lockdown will be effective till 19th of this month. State’s Covid active caseload has jumped to 73,548 with the detection of 8,216 new cases yesterday. AIR correspondent reports, the state that used to report a peak of 4 to 5 thousand infections per day, during the first wave of the pandemic last year, has suddenly been confronted with daily highs of 8 to 10 thousand new cases. The 14 days’ statewide lockdown that aims at an early arrest of the virus, has spared certain essential activities including health services, covid test, vaccination and movement of goods, among others. Certain utility services like petrol pumps, cooking gas, ATM and postal service have also been exempted from the lockdown.

People will be allowed to walk down to the nearest roadside or street corner shops within 500 metres of their residence to purchase food items on all week days only between 6 in the morning to 12 noon. While marriage functions with a cap of  50 participants and funeral related rituals with a maximum of 20 participants will be allowed with prior approval and with full adherence to covid 19 protocols, all sorts of socio, religious , political, cultural, sports and entertainment related congregations  will remain barred during the period.

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