Bhubaneswar, July 3 (LocalWire): Business organizations are not allowed to bring workers/labourers from outside Odisha into the jurisdiction of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation till August 31, the BMC said in an order released today.
The order was issued in view of an incident in which an industrial organization had brought workers from outside the state, and despite all of them being quarantined for 14 days, 34 positive COVID cases were reported.
“Eventhough the workers were under quarantine, the possibility of spread of the virus due to small negligence cannot be ruled out, especially as the number of positive cases in Bhubaneswar is rising, most of them having travel history,” the order stated.
Hence, in order to contain the spread of coronavirus, business establishments like hotels, industries, construction contractors etc. have been barred from bringing workers from outside the state to BMC jurisdiction till August 31.
Establishments who have already brought workers from outside shall strictly quarantine them for 14 days, and if workers are to develop symptoms, the cost of the COVID tests would have to be borne by the organization itself, the order stated.
If organizations wish to bring workers from other parts of the state itself, they would have to do so from districts having very few cases of COVID-19 and have been advised to avoid hotspot districts like Ganjam, Gajapati, Balasore, Cuttack and Jajpur.
However, workers would still have to be quarantined by the organization themselves.