Bengal on Sunday re-imposed sure Covid restrictions – closing of faculties and faculties, and capping attendance at non-public and authorities workplaces at 50 per cent – within the mild of a worrying enhance in every day instances, together with these of the Omicron variant.
A ten pm – 5 am evening curfew has been ordered, following within the footsteps of Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Solely important and emergency companies can function on this time.
Beginning tomorrow (Monday), faculties, faculties and universities in Bengal shall be closed, as will swimming swimming pools, gyms, spas and sweetness salons, and wellness centres.
“Authorities and personal workplaces can work at 50 per cent capability, with all administrative conferences to be carried out nearly,” Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi stated.
Do business from home shall be inspired as a lot as attainable.
Kolkata Metro companies may also be capped at 50 per cent capability and native trains can run solely until 7 pm. Lengthy-distance trains, nonetheless, shall be allowed to run usually.
Cinema halls, eating places and bars can perform at 50 per cent capability and as much as 10 pm.
Buying malls can keep open from 10 am to five pm, however crowds should be at 50 per cent.
Attendance at gatherings for marriages and different social, spiritual and cultural events shall be restricted to 50 individuals, whereas these for funerals or burials shall be restricted to twenty.
The state reported 4,512 new COVID-19 instances yesterday, which takes its lively caseload to 13,300 – the third-highest within the nation after Maharashtra and Kerala.
Bengal has additionally reported 20 instances of the extra infectious Omicron variant, the speedy unfold of which has triggered alarm bells internationally and in India.
Concern over the regular enhance in Covid instances within the nation led the centre to put in writing to all states and UTs yesterday, to induce them to improve present medical infrastructure.
They had been additionally requested to kind particular groups to observe sufferers in residence isolation.
Knowledge shared by the Union Well being Ministry confirmed thickly populated cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai had been experiencing the sharpest enhance in every day new instances.