Odisha govt allows reopening of shops

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has allowed reopening of shops providing non-essential goods and services across the state with certain restrictions.

The government said the district collectors and municipal commissioners will decide the reopening of shops on the basis of local situations.

The Department of Revenue & Disaster Management has issued a detail order in this regard.

As per the order, the municipal commissioners and district collectors shall notify detailed orders specifying the shops/types of shops to open within the limits of municipal corporations, urban local bodies and the districts as well as their timing.

These shops will be managed with 50% staff. Wearing of masks and following social distancing will be mandatory.

The government allowed reopening of all shops including neighbourhood shops and standalone shops, shops in residential complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities registered under the Orissaa Shops and Commercial Establishments Act, 1956.

However, shops in market complexes and multi-brand and single-brand malls would not be allowed to open.

Similarly, all shops including shops in residential complexes and market complexes except shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls, in rural areas have been allowed to reopen.