West Bengal announces lockdown till May 30 amid Covid-19 surge

The West Bengal authorities on Saturday introduced a whole lockdown throughout the state for a fortnight from 6 am on Sunday, Might 16 to six pm on Might 30. It additionally imposed an evening curfew, which can noticed each evening from 9 pm to five am, starting Sunday evening.

“To make sure well being of the individuals and management the Covid-19 scenario, we’re pressured to impose this. There’s now an unprecedent scenario within the state the place the shortage of oxygen and different medicines is rising. To regulate this example, we’re imposing strict circumstances on the motion of transport and different sectors for 2 weeks,” Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay stated.

The state authorities didn’t formally name the restrictions a lockdown, however, almost all companies, together with the training sector, and personal and public workplaces, shall be closed.

“All transport, together with taxis and autorickshaws, is not going to be allowed to ply for 2 weeks. Nonetheless, autos can be utilized for important companies like well being, meals, milk, media and different emergency companies,” Bandyopadhyay stated. “All sorts of groupings — spiritual, political and cultural — shall be strictly prohibited. Now we have seen that these groupings improve the unfold of Covid. So, we’re stopping all conferences fully.”

Bandyopadhyay stated market locations can stay open from 7 am to 10 am. Sweetmeat retailers will stay open from 10 am to five pm. All different retailers, institutions, purchasing complexes and malls will stay closed for the following two weeks.

West Bengal lockdown tips: What’s allowed, what will not be

All authorities and personal workplaces will stay closed, besides emergency companies and important companies.

All retailers shall be closed, besides meals associated and important companies. Outlets promoting greens, groceries, milk and meat could be open from 7 am to 10 am.

All public transport shall be suspended through the lockdown, besides emergency service.

The tea trade can operate with 50 per cent employees.

All congregations — training, administrative, spiritual and so forth — shall be halted.

E-commerce and residential supply shall be allowed.

Vehicle restore retailers could be open.

Parks, gardens closed down.

Marriage can happen with 50 individuals.

Banks will stay open from 10 am to 2 pm.

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