Kolkata: The West Bengal government has announced that the state will follow lockdown like restrictions for two weeks starting tomorrow. In view of the steep rise in covid cases, the Mamata Banerjee government imposed near-complete-lockdown norms in the state starting from Sunday 6 a.m. for the next 15 days, allowing movement of people and vehicles only for emergency.
In this period, all offices and educational institutions will be shut, the government notice said, while adding that even transport services, including Kolkata Metro, will come to a halt.
"We are taking some strict containment measures to contain the pandemic. Starting Sunday 6 a.m., West Bengal will go into lockdown till 6 p.m. on May 30.During this period all government, private offices other than those involved in emergency services shall remain closed. All educational institutions shall remain closed," Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said.
In an earlier order, the state government had announced 50 per cent attendance in government and private offices.
"The Metro train services, local trains and intra-state bus services and ferry services would remain suspended," he said, adding that all forms of commercial and private vehicles would also come under its purview.
Notably, sweetmeat vendors will be allowed to operate between 10 am and 5 pm. Similarly, petrol pumps will stay open and so will banks, although only between 10 am to 2 pm.
No cultural, political, academic, administrative, or religious events and functions will be allowed in the state during this period and no outdoor activities will be allowed between 9 pm and 5 am.
"No more than 50 people will be allowed at wedding functions," Mr Bandyopadhyay said, adding that in funeral procession only 20 will be allowed.
"The emergency services will be allowed to operate under the condition," the chief secretary said.
The state reported 20,846 fresh Covid cases and 136 deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic yesterday.