Express news service
BHUBANEWAR: The Odisha government on Friday restricted New Year’s gatherings in offices on Saturday due to the increase in the number of new cases of Covid in the state.
The Department of General Administration and Public Grievances has called on all government employees to scrupulously avoid group movements, congregations and greetings with bouquets of flowers in offices on January 1.
Government employees were urged to use virtual media to convey New Year’s greetings to colleagues and the elderly, and to maintain social distancing.
A day after the Covid-19 guidelines were released for January, the state government changed nighttime curfew restrictions in all urban areas by exempting several essential activities.
In a revised notification, the Special Commissioner for Rescue (SRC) clarified that nighttime curfew restrictions from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will not apply to service officials, healthcare workers and rescue workers in public services. , including electricity, fire brigade, telecommunications, water supply, railways. , port and airport.
The movement of ambulances, public transport, private vehicles and taxis (including taxis from aggregators like Ola and Uber) to and from airports, train stations and bus terminals / stops to facilitate the movement of passengers by lane air, rail and road will be authorized.
IT and ITeS company personnel will be allowed to travel during restricted hours on production of their identity card away from any person, in the event of a medical or other emergency, owner / staff of pharmacies, all units industrial, construction activities, early warning agencies and disaster management establishments.
Operation of hotels and hospitality units including their associated offices, movement of staff and associated personnel, dhabas along take-out-only highways, gasoline pumps and CNG stations, LPG distribution, delivery home food and other essential items by staff and vehicles of restaurants and aggregators trips were allowed.
However, there will be no restriction on the movement of people / vehicles for testing and vaccination and home delivery of food products. All commercial establishments, including basic necessities, food and vegetable stores, but excluding stores of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and optics will remain closed.