The West Bengal government on June 14 extended the ongoing lockdown till July 1. However, the state government has also eased certain curbs during the lockdown period.
The relaxation in curbs, will come into effect from June 15.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on June 14 said that the Covid positivity rate, which had climbed to 32 per cent during the elections, is now around 5 per cent.
She also mentioned that nearly 2 crore people in the state have received their vaccine shots.
“We have been vaccinating 60-70 thousand people every day. The government cannot single-handedly vaccinate everyone. I will urge you to come forward and help us to inoculate people,” the chief minister said.
“1.4 crore of people in West Bengal have been inoculated so far,” Banerjee said.
As per the new order, government offices in West Bengal have been allowed to operate with 25 per cent manpower, while private and corporate offices can remain open from 10 am to 4 pm with 25 per cent strength.
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 per cent seating capacity. As per the previous order, the restaurants were allowed to operate only from 5 pm to 8 pm.
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 can function from 11 am to 6 pm, the guidelines say.
Banks will open between 10 am and 2 pm.
Meanwhile, West Bengal on June 13 recorded 3,984 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 84 deaths. The active caseload has dropped to 17,651.