The West Bengal government today extended the COVID-19 lockdown till July 1, but there will be certain relaxations in view of the declining positivity rate and active caseload in the state.
The West Bengal government on Monday extended the COVID-19 lockdown till July 1, but there will be certain relaxations in view of the declining positivity rate and active caseload in the state. The relaxations in curbs will come into effect from June 15.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that all government and private offices can open but they will have to manage with a quarter of their strength.
The curbs were first put in place on May 16, after Bengal reported a huge spike in the number of COVID-19 cases amid a second wave in the country. The state government later extended the COVID-induced restrictions till June 15.
West Bengal's COVID-19 tally rose to 14,61,257 on Sunday as 3,984 more people tested positive for the infection, while 84 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 16,896.
Here's what is allowed and what is still restricted:
All government offices will function with 25 percent strength. Private and corporate offices will remain open from 10 am to 4 pm with not more than 25 percent staff.
Restaurants with bars have been allowed to open between noon and 8 pm with 50 percent seating capacity.
Non-essential movement of people has been restricted between 9 pm and 5 am.
Malls and shopping complexes have been permitted to remain open between 11 am and 6 pm with a 50 percent workforce. Restrictions on standalone retail shops remain the same.
Sporting activities have been allowed, however, without spectators.
Tea gardens will continue to function with 50 percent of the workforce, while the jute industry at 40 percent strength.
All educational institutes and waterways will continue to remain closed.
The movement of private vehicles will also remain suspended, barring those for emergencies.