West Bengal extends COVID-19 restrictions till July 1, additional relaxations allowed

The ongoing restrictions in view of the COVID situation have been extended in West Bengal till July 01. However, the government has widened the relaxations to allow the resumption of economic activities.

Bazaars and markets would remain open between 7 am and 11am, whereas, other other retail shops are permitted to operate from 11 am to 6 pm.

Both government and private offices can reopen, with a cap of 25 percent imposed on staff strength. In private/corporate offices, the timings have been restricted from 10 am to 4 pm, and the attendees would be required to apply for e-pass.

The state government has also extended the timings of restaurants and bars, allowing them to operate from 12 pm to 8 pm with a 50 percent seating capacity. As per the previous order, the restaurants were allowed to operate only from 5 pm to 8 pm.

The movement of individuals for non-essential purpose would continue to remain barred. All intra-state buses/waterways/trains will remain suspended, except for Special staff trains. Whereas, private vehicles/cabs would only function for emergency or essential services. Taxis and autos have been allowed for hospitals and airports.

From 9 pm to 5 am, the movement of individuals and all outdoor activities would be completely prohibited, the government said. Games and sports have been allowed to resume without spectators.

All educational institutions including schools, colleges and coaching classes will remain shut till further orders. For weddings, the cap of 50 guests would continue to remain imposed.
Gyms, beauty parlour, salons, and cinema halls to remain closed. While, malls have been allowed to open from 11 am-6 pm with a 30% capacity.

Parks can open from 6:00 am to 9:00 am for morning walks. However, only those who have taken COVID-19 vaccin will be allowed entry inside the parks.

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