Amid the drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the Odisha government on Saturday authorized the reopening of Anganwadi centers and gatherings of up to 500 people in strict compliance with safety instructions, it said in a statement.
She urged the Department of Mass and School Education to make a decision on when to reopen schools for grades 9-12. The administration also allowed the theaters to operate in accordance with SOPs issued by the central and state governments. The relaxations are part of the state government’s activation guidelines, which will remain in effect until the end of February.
Social, religious, political, sports, entertainment, academic, and cultural gatherings of up to 500 people are permitted for which permission is granted by district judges, parish commissioners, or other officials authorized by them. The state government has allowed a maximum room occupancy of 50 percent in locked rooms in strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.
The Anganwadi centers will reopen from February 1, while the Ministry of Schools and Mass Education will decide, with the approval of the government, to reopen the primary schools. The Department of Higher Education will also make an appropriate decision regarding the reopening of colleges in accordance with key guidelines, the Special Aid Commissioner said in a statement.