All offices and educational institutions will be shut down along with transport services
West Bengal authorities on Saturday announced that the state will go under a complete lockdown for two weeks starting from Sunday to stop the further of Covid-19.
As per the move, all offices and educational institutions will be shut down along with transport services. Only emergency services will be allowed, reports Indian media.
Groceries and shops selling essential items will stay open between 7am to 10am.
According to a NDTV report, sweetmeat vendors will be allowed to function between 10am and 5pm and petrol pumps will stay open and so will banks, from 10am to 2pm.
Although, industries are to remain closed, tea gardens will be allowed to function at 50% of their capacity.
During the 14-day lockdown, no cultural, political, academic, administrative, or religious events and functions will be allowed in West Bengal and no outdoor programs will be permitted between 9pm and 5am.
"No more than 50 people allowed in wedding functions," said West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, reports NDTV.
West Bengal reported 20,846 new coronavirus cases and 136 deaths on Friday.
Many believe that the recent eight-phase long state election – won by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) – is one of the prime reasons behind the recent coronavirus upsurge there.