Today, The Higher Authorities of West Bengal announced to extend the lockdown till July 15, but with several relaxations in curbs imposed to control the dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.
As per the sources, On Sunday, The state recorded more than the national growth rate of active Covid cases — 21,884 .
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ease the restrictions by allowing auto-rickshaws and buses to operate with 50 per cent occupancy. However, drivers must be vaccinated and strict Covid protocols need to be followed.
Moreover, As per the government, The gyms and fitness centres can now function with 50 per cent occupancy while salons and beauty parlours have been allowed to open from 11 AM to 6 PM with 50 per cent seating capacity, provided the entire staff has been vaccinated.
Additionally, Private and corporates offices can remain open from 10 AM to 4 PM with 50 per cent working capacity. Timings for opening of markets and shops have also been extended.
However, Banks are allowed to open between 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The Trains are yet to resume operations in the state.
Apart from this, Mamta Banerjee added, Social gatherings such as weddings would be allowed with a maximum of 50 people, and she urge people to continue wearing masks and maintaining social distance.The government also allowed vegetable markets to remain open from 6 am to 12 pm.