The West Bengal government on Thursday revised the lockdown guidelines after reviewing the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
It granted the restaurants to operate for three hours in the evening only if the employees at these eateries and bars get vaccinated first.
"COVID-19 contagion is declining in West Bengal following the imposition of restrictions. Restaurants can be open for three hours in the evening from 5 pm to 8 pm provided the people working there are vaccinated," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
Meanwhile, the state authorities have also plans to allow shopping malls to operate at 25 per cent capacity and retail shops to open for an additional one hour from June 15.
CM Mamata disclosed these pointers in a meeting with representatives of various chambers of commerce at the state secretariat.
However, she added that her government is not in favour of shutting down business in the pandemic and the state is trying to control the disease.
Mamata said that her government was mulling the option of vaccinating domestic help in the same way it has planned to inoculate hawkers, bus conductors, vendors and others who are considered as "super spreaders".
West Bengal on Thursday, reported over 8,811 new cases of COVID infection, taking the tally to 14,03,535.