Kolkata, May 15, 2021: On Saturday, state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay announced Covid-19 lockdown in West Bengal for 15 days from May 16 to May 30.
From local metro, inter-state bus services to movement of people and private cars, the state government has announced additional restrictions amid the spike in Covid-19 cases in Bengal.
On Friday, the state registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh Covid-19 cases.
Lockdown in West Bengal, Metro to remain shut
On Saturday, state government announced stricter restrictions for lockdown in West Bengal beginning May 16. The state government also imposed night curfew, which will observed every night from 9 pm to 5 am.
The movement of people and private cars has been strictly restricted from 9 pm to 5 am. Meanwhile, the Mamata Banerjee government had shut down the train services to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases. On Saturday, the chief secretary announced that Metro and even inter-state bus services will remain shut during the lockdown period.
All schools, colleges and other educational institutions will also remain closed.
Meanwhile, all government and private offices (except those involved in essential services) will remain shut during the 15-day lockdown period.
Lockdown in West Bengal, jute mills to operate with 30 % workfore
The Bengal chief secretary said they are hopeful the lockdown in Bengal will be able to control the spread of virus to some extent.
“This will also reduce the burden on health care institutes, nursing homes, hospitals. This will help us to reduce the daily corona cases and also to manage the Oxygen supply chain,” said Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
Meanwhile, in the lockdown, the tea gardens will operate with a 50% workforce and jute mills will operate with a 30% workforce. The wedding ceremonies in the state have been permitted but not more than 50 people can be present. Petrol pumps will remain open in the state.
The government also announced that taxis and autos will ply with emergency passengers and ferry passengers from the airports.
Shopping complexes, malls, restaurants, salons, gyms, swimming pools will continue to remain closed.
Shops selling vegetables, fruits, milk will be allowed to function from 7 am to 10 am. Sweets can operate from 10 am to 5 pm. Medical shops will remain throughout the day.
Mamata Banerjee’s brother dies of Covid-19
Meanwhile, on Saturday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lost her younger brother — Ashim Banerjee — to Covid-19.
62-year-old Ashim was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kolkata for the past month, Dr Alok Roy, chairman of the city’s Medica Superspecialty Hospital, Kolkata, said, according to ANI.
He stayed in the same house where the CM resides. His last rites were performed at Nimtala cremation ground on Friday following all Covid-19 protocols.