West Bengal government on Thursday extended the partial lockdown in the state till June 15 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the curbs have helped ease the pandemic situation a little.
The West Bengal government had announced the existing restrictions for 15 days from May 16 following a huge surge in the number of coronavirus cases. The announcement for extension of the curbs came three days before they were scheduled to come to an end.
“The Covid-19 restrictions in the state will continue till June 15. This is not a lockdown or a curfew. We will strictly follow the restrictions. “It’s a relief to see that the ongoing restrictions have helped in easing the situation a little," Banerjee told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna.
She allowed the jute industry to work with 40 per cent workforce in place of the existing 30 per cent. “We will see that the state’s economy is not disturbed," Banerjee said.
Essential services will continue operating following protocols, the chief minister said.
Here’s a look at what is not allowed:
Industries and factories will remain shut.
Inter-state trains, buses and Metro services to remain shut.
All gatherings, including religious gatherings, are prohibited.
Tea gardens will operate with a 50% workforce.
Jute mills will operate with a 30% workforce.
Schools, colleges and all educational institutions will be shut.
Government and private offices to remain closed.
Night curfew will be imposed between 9 pm to 5 am.
Weddings to be permitted with no more than 50 people in attendance with physical distancing.
Gyms, spas, shopping malls and cinema halls to remain shut.
What is exempted
All emergency services and media operations are allowed.
Essential services like medical stores, optical showrooms and ATMs will be allowed to remain open.
All markets and bazaars will be functional from 7 AM and to 10 AM, whole sweet shops will be allowed to function from 10 am to 5 pm.
Petrol pumps will remain open.
Taxis and autos to ply with emergency passengers and ferry passengers from airports.
Government offices handling emergency and essential services will remain operational.
(With PTI inputs)