COVID-19: Odisha Government Issues Guidelines for February

The Odisha government has published the COVID-19 guidelines for February 2021. The biggest highlight this time around is that social/ religious/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural gatherings and functions shall be permitted with a maximum of 500 persons.

Given below are the regulations to be followed in areas that are outside containment zones:

  • In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity will be allowed subject to a maximum of 500 people.
  • In open areas, keeping the dimension of the ground/free space in the view, a convenient number of people will be allowed to maintain the physical distancing norms.
  • The standard COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing and provision of thermal scanning & use of hand wash or sanitiser will be mandatory.
  • District Magistrates/ Municipal Commissioners or other authorised officials will give Permission for such functions/ gatherings.

Regulations to be followed within containment zones:

  • District Collector or Municipal Commissioner shall accurately define the containment zones following the guidelines of MoHFW, Government of India/ H&FW Department, Government of Odisha.
  • The Containment Regions will be notified by the corresponding District Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners, and the same report will be shared with MoHFW. The information shall be uploaded by the District Collector and by the State on their websites.
  • Guidelines prescribed by MoHFW, Government of India/ H&FW Department, Government of Odisha, shall be scrupulously followed in the containment zones.

Other important guidelines:

  • The Department of Higher Education is authorised to decide the date of reopening of Colleges/ Higher Education Institutions and Hostels under its control by following the guidelines issued by Government of India.
  • The Department of Skill Development and Technical Education is authorised to take the relevant decision regarding the date of reopening of Engineering Colleges and other Technical Education/ Skill Development Institutions and Hostels under its control.
  • Local Authorities are authorised to permit public worship in religious places/ places of worship with relevant restrictions, based on local assessment of the situation concerning COVID-19.
  • Cinema Halls, theatres shall be allowed to open and function as per guidelines given by Government of India and State Government.
  • The state government shall permit Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumers (B2C) exhibits in exhibition halls with participants/ visitors up to 50% of the hall capacity. In open spaces, an appropriate number of people will be allowed to ensure physical distancing norm.
  • Anganwadi Centres shall operate with effect from 1st February 2021.
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