West Bengal lockdown: As Covid cases decline, restaurants, malls and government offices will reopen from today [DETAILS]
City of Kolkata (Representative photo) | Photo credit: IANS
- Kolkata malls and restaurants hailed Mamata Banerjee government’s decision
- West Bengal government extended ongoing COVID-19 lockdown until June 30
- Sports activities authorized to resume without spectators
Calcutta: With the West Bengal government easing some lockdown-like restrictions being put in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, the government and private offices have been allowed to operate with 25 percent of the workforce as of June 16 ( Wednesday). Announcing new protocols from June 16, the administration led by Mamata Banerjee extended the current restrictions to fight the pandemic by an additional 15 days until June 30.
West Bengal relaxes some COVID restrictions – Details
In accordance with the new decree, shopping centers have been authorized to open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Movie theaters, beauty salons, gymnasiums, spa and swimming pools would remain closed.
The milk, egg and grocery markets are allowed to operate from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Restaurants and bars authorized to open from noon to 8 p.m. with 50 percent of the capacity.
“Removing all previous ordinances issued in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 Disaster Management Act, the restriction measures are extended until Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 6 p.m.,” said a government decree.
Fully vaccinated people are allowed to walk in the parks in the morning.
The government of Bengal has allowed sports inside the stadiums without spectators.
According to the secretary general, indoor and outdoor film shoots can resume with 50 people if they are fully vaccinated.
“All local intra-state trains, intra-state metro and bus services, and river transport should remain closed, except for special staff trains for the movement of emergency and essential service personnel,” declared the order.
The state government has placed a ceiling of 50 guests for a wedding and 20 for a funeral.
Banks will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
ATMs, gas pumps, LPG distribution centers will continue to operate.
Schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions would remain closed.