West Bengal government, on July 29, extended the COVID-19 restrictions in the state till August 15 certain relaxations.As per the new relaxation, all government programmes have been allowed to continue indoors with a 50 percent seating capacity.
West Bengal government extends COVID19 restrictions in the state till 15th August with certain relaxations; Govt programmes will be allowed in indoor places with not more than 50% of total seating capacity from 31st July. Night curfew timings 9pm-5am pic.twitter.com/poWLC8nGXc
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Night curfew will be imposed from 9 pm and 5 am except for health services, law and order, essential commodities including agricultural products and other emergency services.
Buses, taxis, auto rickshaws have been permitted to operate with 50 percent capacity.
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Offices, both government and private, are also allowed to function with half the manpower, it said.
All the district administrations were asked to ensure strict compliance of directives related to wearing of masks and social distancing.
"Any violation of the restriction measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and relevant sections of the IPC," the order stated.
The restrictions, imposed on May 16, were last extended till July 30.
As per the earlier order, the government had permitted metro rail to resume operation on weekdays with a seating capacity of 50 percent. As per the revised restrictions, shops and market areas are allowed to remain open "as per the usual operational hours".
For weddings, not more than 50 guests were permitted, whereas only 20 persons were allowed at funerals, the government said.
Restaurants and eateries were allowed to operate with 50 percent seating capacity till 8 pm. Retail shops in shopping malls and market complexes were allowed to remain open as per the usual operational hours with 50 percent capacity.
With many states reopening schools, the Bengal government has no plans to open schools at any level in the near future as there is the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the educational department official said.
Meanwhile, at least 14 people succumbed to COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday taking the toll to 18,109, a bulletin released by the department said. The tally went up to 15,25,773 with 815 new cases, it added.
In the last 24 hours, 811 recoveries were reported in the state improving the discharge rate to 98.07 per cent.
The number of active cases currently is 11,370, the bulletin added. As per vaccination status, on July 28, 2,51,188 people were inoculated in the state, an official said.
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