West Bengal was under lockdown till 15 June in view of the spread of the Covid19 virus. However, on 14th, the government of West Bengal further extended the lockdown for 17 days i.e till July 1st. Till 15th, Bengal was under strict lockdown guidelines but relaxations have been provided for the next 17 days.
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As per the latest guidelines announced early this evening by the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, relaxations are under follows:
All Government offices are to operate with 25% capacity in the office. The head of the departments is to maintain a record and manage their staff accordingly.
For traveling across the city, people would require E- passes. All state-owned public transportation and inter-state buses will be unavailable. Private vehicles and cabs will be available only for emergency purposes. However, the individual movement has been restricted from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Parks will be opened for morning walks only between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. People who have been vaccinated will only be allowed entry.
Local bazaars and markets will remain open from 7 to 11 in the morning. Retail shops are allowed to be open till 6 p.m.
Restaurants, eateries, and bars remain open between 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., with 50% capacity.
Malls to be open between 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with 30% capacity.
Beauty parlors, saloons, cinema halls, and gyms remain closed until further notice.
Games and sports can resume but without spectators.
Educational institutes and Schools to remain closed till further notice.
On Sunday 3,984 fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Bengal. There have been 84 deaths in the last 24 hours whereas 2,497 more people approximately were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 14,26,710. According to CM Banerjee’s statement, there has been a drop of 16% in the positivity rate post the General Assembly Elections.
Bengal, as compared to other states, is doing much better in terms of managing the situation. Nevertheless, the extension of lockdown is expected to bring betterment to the ongoing situation.