Thursday said political meetings and gatherings will be
allowed in a regulated manner in two assembly segments where
by-polls will be held even as it ordered that educational
institutions and places of worship will remain closed till
This was part of Odisha governments Unlock-5
guidelines issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC)
It said the lockdown will remain enforced within the
“No authority shall impose any local lockdown at
district, sub-division, city or below level outside the
containment zones without permission of the Central
government,” it said.
However, in view of the by-elections to Balasore and
Tirtol assembly segments to be held on November 3, the
guideline allowed political meetings and other functions/
gatherings as permitted by the ECI and Chief Electoral
“The political meetings will be allowed within the
jurisdiction of the said Assembly constituencies subject to a
ceiling of 100 persons with mandatory wearing of face masks,
physical distancing, provision of thermal screening and hand
wash or sanitizer,” the order said.
In case such meetings/function, gathering is to be
held in a closed premises, a maximum of 50 per cent of hall
capacity will be allowed subject to a maximum of 100 persons,
it said, adding that the permission for such programmes in
open spaces will be given keeping the size of the ground/
space in view so as to ensure proper physical distancing
subject to a maximum of 100 persons, it said.
The district magistrate of the concerned districts
shall ensure strict enforcement of the conditions for holding
the political meetings and other functions/gatherings in
connection with the by-elections.
However, social, political sports entertainment,
academic, cultural, religious functions and other large
congregations will remain prohibited till October 31, it said.
Open air theatre and similar places subject to
compliance of safety protocols such as mandatory wearing of
face masks, physical distancing, will be permitted.
Swimming pools owned and controlled by government/
recognised by the department of Sports and Youth Service,
Government of Odisha for training of sportspersons will be
permitted to open with effect from October 15 for which SOP
will be issued by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GOI,
the order said.
The Unlock-5 guideline said that cinema halls,
entertainment complexes and swimming pools will also remain
closed till October 31 across Odisha.
While keeping the schools, colleges, universities,
other educational/ training / coaching institutions and
anganwadi centres closed till October 31, the order, however,
permitted conduct of examinations, evaluation and other
The online and distance learning will continue to be
permitted and be encouraged, the order said, adding that
school and mass education department and higher education
department may permit teaching and non-teaching staff to be
called to the schools at a time for online teaching.
Tele-counselling and related works in areas outside
containment zones only as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
issued by the Ministry of Education/ Health and Family
Welfare, Government of India, it said.
While allowing inter-state and intra-state movement of
passengers, the state government allowed passenger trains,
domestic passenger air travel, movement of persons on Vande
Bharat and Air Transport Bubble flights will continue to be
regulated as per the SOP issued earlier. PTI AAM
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