The West Bengal government today extended the lockdown in the state by two weeks, but announced several relaxations to the curbs imposed to stem the spike in cases following the eight-phase Assembly elections.
The government has allowed production units such as factories to resume operations with 50 per cent staff strength. The staff members attending work should have received Covid vaccines. The government has also given a go-ahead to restaurants and bars to start dine-in services with 50 per cent seating capacity.
Chief Secretary H K Dwivedi also announced that starting June 16, government offices can function at 25 per cent staff capacity. Private offices have been allowed to operate with 25 per cent attendance between 10 am and 4 pm and asked employers to arrange transport for staff members.
Parks can now open from 6 am to 9 am for morning walkers. Only people who have received both doses of vaccines will be allowed in the parks.
Retail shops, markers and haats can now stay open between 7 am and 11 am. Vendors too can trade during these hours. Other shops have been allowed to function from 11 am to 6 pm.
Public transport will continue to be off the roads. The movement of private vehicles, taxis and auto-rickshaws, too, remains prohibited unless they are on their way to hospitals.
The government has not allowed social and academic meetings and beauty parlours and spas will continue to remain shut.