New Delhi May 18th
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday released the new guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown that will continue till the end of this month. According to the new guidelines, private offices can operate, private offices in malls are also allowed to open with 50 percent strength on alternate days, inter-state buses would be allowed to ply.
Hotels in Bengal could be opened with strict social distancing norms. Hawkers will be allowed to reopen shops in non-containment zones in Bengal from May 27. All these services are only allowed to operate in non-containment zones.
She also stated that there will be no official night curfew in West Bengal, but people are requested not to venture out after 7 pm.
Salons have been allowed to function in the state but tools cannot be used on more than six people without disinfecting them, the Chief Minister said as quoted by NDTV.
On the flip side, no gathering of the public would be allowed but sports can take place in the state.
The containment zones in West Bengal would be divided into three zones: Zone A, B, and C (Affected zone, Buffer zone, and Clean zone)
Speaking about migrant workers, Mamata Banerjee said, “Have already sought 105 Shramik Special trains. We will soon ask for 120 more to bring back migrant workers,” as quoted by PTI.
The developments come a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) released the guidelines for lockdown 4.0. The guidelines were released soon after the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) extended the nationwide lockdown.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus cases in West Bengal is 2,677 with 238 fatalities. A total of 959 patients have recovered from the virus. The nationwide tally has climbed to 96,169 with 3,029 deaths. The COVID-19 recovery rate in India is 38.2 percent.