COVID-19 lockdown extended in West Bengal with relaxations in place: Mamata Banerjee
Mizoram government also announced a similar directive after a consultative meeting was chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday.
Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the lockdown, which was set to end on June 15, has been extended in the state for another 15 days.
"The lockdown is being extended in the state till June 30, with all existing relaxations and conditions still in place. Earlier, we had allowed only 10 people at social programmes such as a marriage or a funeral ceremony, now we have increased it to 25," she said after a meeting of the state cabinet.
The Mamata Banerjee-led government eased shutdown curbs in the state from June 1, allowing places of worship to reopen, and jute, tea and construction sectors to resume full-fledged operations.
Shopping malls, restaurants and other establishments resumed services in West Bengal on Monday after a gap of over two months, with the state government allowing further relaxations as part of "Unlock-1", the first phase of a calibrated exit from the coronavirus-induced lockdown across the country.
In an order later issued on Monday afternoon by chief secretary Rajiva Sinha, the government said the hard lockdown restrictions would apply to containment zones. Elsewhere, the order raised the number of people who can attend marriages, funerals and enter places of worship from the existing limit of 10 to 25.
Mizoram government also announced a similar directive after a consultative meeting was chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday. The state government has decided to impose a 2-week total lockdown starting June 9 in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation.
“Lockdown guidelines will be notified shortly,” a statement from Mizoram government noted. The period of Covid-19 quarantine has also been increased from 14 days to 21 days with immediate effect in the state.