Odisha Govt takes cue from MHA order, allows certain shops to reopen with riders


The Odisha govt’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department issued an order in this regard on Saturday.

A vegetable market in Bhubaneswar photographed on April 16

A vegetable market in Bhubaneswar photographed on April 16 (Photo Credits: PTI)

After the Centre allowed shops in both urban and rural areas to reopen, the Odisha Government made a few modifications to its previous order on the functioning of shops and other business establishments during the statewide lockdown.

In an order issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department of the Odisha government, all shops in residential and market complexes in rural areas, except shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls, will be allowed to reopen for business.

As per the revised order, standalone shops and shops in residential complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities registered under the Orissa Shops & Commercial Establishments Act, 1956 can now open.

The shopkeepers, however, will have to follow certain lockdown norms. The order added that the owners will have to reopen their shops with not more than 50 per cent of workers’ strength. Besides, they have to wear face-masks and maintain social distancing.

In addition, the Odisha government’s letter has also categorically mentioned that Municipal Commissioners and Collectors shall notify detailed orders specifying the shops/type of shops to open within the limits of Municipal Corporations and ULBs and the districts as well their timings.

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