A day after West Bengal logged its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases, the government on Saturday announced a complete lockdown in the state, starting Sunday. The restrictions will be in place between 16 and 30 May.
Under the new rules, all government and private offices will remain closed, except emergency services. In addition to this, intra-state bus services, metro, ferry service, gyms, cinema halls, salons and swimming pools have also been ordered shut.
All markets and retailers are allowed to function only between 7 am and 10 am. "Movement of all private vehicles, taxi and auto will be suspended from tomorrow. Schools will also remain closed," said the state chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
"All outdoor activities, except emergency needs, will be prohibited from 9 pm till 5 am in the wake of the surge in Covid-19 cases," he added.
Further, all academic, cultural, administrative, political and religious gathering will also remain prohibited. Not more than 50 people will be allowed in wedding functions.
The toll rose to 12,993 after 136 more people, including five eminent doctors, succumbed to the infection.