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Bengal extends corona curbs till July 31, but with more relaxations

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Kolkata, July 14 (MNN) The West Bengal government on Wednesday extended till July 31 the restrictions imposed across the state amid the second wave of coronavirus.

The state had on June 28 notified certain restrictions under the Disaster Management Act of 2005 read with West Bengal Epidemic Disease, Covid- 19 Regulations 2020, which were to be in effect till July 15.

The State Executive Committee of West Bengal State Disaster Management Authority reviewed the situation and recommended extension of certain restrictions with graded and calibrated approach to relaxations.

All schools, colleges, universities, polytechnics, anganwadi centres and other educational and academic institutions shall continue to remain closed.

Movement of public transport, including intra-state government and private buses, inland waterways transport, trams, local taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws will be allowed but with not more than 50 per cent of their seating capacity at a time.

Vaccination of drivers and other staff as well as regular sanitisation of vehicles and mandatorily wearing of masks by all users would have to be ensured.

Intra- state local train movement shall remain shut except for staff special trains for movement of emergency and essential services personnel.

Metro services shall operate for five days a week with 50 per cent seating capacity and shall remain suspended on Saturdays and Sundays.

Regular sanitisation of Metro compartments, wearing of masks and appropriate COVID compliant discipline by passengers shall be ensured by the Metro authorities and the local administration.

All cinema halls, spa and swimming pools shall continue to remain closed. However swimming pools exclusively for routine practice of state, national and international level swimmers may remain open from 6 am to 10 am.

All political, social, cultural, academic, entertainment gatherings, groupings and congregations shall continue to be prohibited.

Not more than 50 persons shall be allowed at a time in marriage ceremonies and related gatherings.

Funeral or burials shall be allowed with not more than 20 persons at a time.

Government offices relating to emergency and essential services like health care, veterinary services, law and order, courts, social welfare homes, correctional services, power, drinking water supply, telecom, internet, print and electronic media, fire services, food and civil supplies, including public distribution system, disaster management and civil defence, sanitation, sewerage and funeral services shall remain open as usual.

All government offices other than as mentioned otherwise will remain open as per normal working hours with 25 per cent staff strength. Heads of Departments shall prepare duty rosters in this regard.

Public parks may remain open for morning walks, physical exercise etc from 6 am to 9 am but only vaccinated people shall be allowed.

All shops & markets (dealing in essential and non-essential commodities) may remain open as per usual operational hours.

Retail shops in shopping malls and market complexes may remain open as per usual operational hours with 50 per cent workforce and restricted entry of customers up to 50 per cent at a time.

Restaurants and bars, including in hotels, shopping malls and clubs may remain open with 50 per cent of their seating capacity at a time, as per usual operational hours but not beyond 8 pm.

Gyms shall be allowed to remain open from 6 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8 pm with 50 per cent of their capacity at a time in each session, provided the employees/staff and customers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and regular sanitisation undertaken.

Salons and beauty parlours may remain open as per usual operational hours with 50 per cent of seating capacity at a time, provided the staff and customers have been vaccinated.

Private and corporate offices may remain open as per normal working hours with not more than 50 per cent of the total strength subject to vaccination of employees, wearing of masks and maintenance of physical distancing.

All production units, mills, industries including IT&ITES sector may function with 50 per cent of total strength in each shift subject to vaccination of employees, wearing of masks and maintenance of physical distancing.

Banks and other financial institutions shall remain open between 10 am and 3 pm and for operations of ATMs.

Games and sports may resume in stadium and clubs with sports facilities but without spectators.

Indoor/outdoor shooting and associated activities related to TV programmes and cinema may resume with not more than 50 persons per unit at a time, subject to vaccination, wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and with own transport arrangements.

All activities related to music recording studios shall be allowed with a maximum of 10 musicians and associated persons at a time.

E-commerce and home delivery of all commodities shall be allowed.

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