Coronavirus: West Bengal bans flights from UK, shuts schools, orders offices to work with 50% staff
The Haryana government too has imposed fresh restrictions in Gurugram, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat districts.
The West Bengal government on Sunday imposed restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state. The rules will be in force till January 15.
The government also banned all flights from the United Kingdom, PTI reported. Meanwhile, flights to Mumbai and Delhi will only operate on Monday and Tuesday.
“All schools, colleges, universities, spas, salons, beauty parlours, zoos, and entertainment parks to be closed in the state from tomorrow,” said West Bengal Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, according to ANI.
The following restrictions have been announced:
- All government and private offices will run at 50% capacity.
- Shopping malls will function with restricted entry of people by not exceeding 50% of the capacity.
- Cinema halls and threatres can seat upto 50% people.
- Restaurants and bars can operate at 50% capacity and will have to close by 10 pm.
- Meetings and conference halls can allow up to 200 people or 50% of its total capacity.
- No more than 50 people will be allowed at social, religious or cultural gathering.
- No more than 50 people can attend a marriage.
- Local trains can operate till 7 pm with 50% seating capacity.
- Long-distance trains will operate on schedule. Metro trains in Kolkata will be functional as scheduled, but with 50 per cent capacity.
- A night curfew will be in force between 10 pm and 5am. Only essential services will be allowed on roads between these hours.
Restrictions in Haryana
The Haryana government on Saturday imposed fresh restrictions in Gurugram, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat districts to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases. The curbs will remain in place till January 12.
The government has also announced new restrictions in other districts of the state. As per the order, prior permission of the deputy commissioners would be needed for gatherings of more than 100 people.
Cinema halls, restaurants and bars will be allowed to remain open with 50% capacity.
These restrictions have been announced:
- All offices, except those engaged in essential services, have been advised to function with 50% attendance.
- Schools, colleges, coaching centres and polytechnic institutes have also been directed to remain closed for physical classes in all districts. The educational institutes had already been shut for the winter vacations.
- Bars and restaurants would be allowed to operate, but they can function only at 50% capacity. Malls and markets can remain open till 5 pm.
- Cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes and halls used for entertainment purposes would remain closed.
- Sports complexes will also be shut, except for the training of sportspersons competing in national or international events.
- Only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to enter public places such as vegetable markets, public transport, religious places, bars and restaurants.
- Truck and autorickshaw unions should allow only those inoculated to drive the vehicles.
- The vaccination-related restrictions will not apply to those who have received the first dose and the date of their second shot is not yet due.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is slated to hold a meeting with senior officials to review the coronavirus-related situation on Sunday, NDTV reported.
As of Sunday morning, the state has 1,930 active Covid-19 cases as 490 new infections were reported over 24 hours, data from the Union health ministry showed. The state’s toll stood at 10,064.
Haryana reported 552 new coronavirus cases and zero deaths on Saturday, The Indian Express reported. Over half of the new cases were from Gurugram (298), followed by Faridabad (107), Ambala (32), Sonipat (31) and Panchkula (26).