West Bengal orders malls, restaurants, gyms, bars to shut down amid COVID-19 surge

West Bengal orders malls, restaurants, gyms, bars to shut down amid COVID-19 surge People waiting in cue for their COVID-19/Coronavirus jab (Photo Credit: PTI)

The West Bengal government on Friday (April 30) announced that all shopping malls, restaurants, bars, sports complexes, gyms, spas, swimming pools and beauty parlours will remain closed until further notice due to the surge in the COVID-19 cases in the state.

Furthermore, all forms of social, cultural, academic, entertainment-related gatherings and congregations have been prohibited in the state for the time being.

However, markets will be allowed to open twice a day from 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5 pm. Activities related to the electoral counting processes and victory rallies will be guided by the Election Commission protocols, the order said.

Medical shops, medical equipment outlets, grocery stores, along with home delivery services, have been kept out of the order’s purview.

“The restrictions will be in place till the administration reviews the situation again,” a senior official told PTI.

Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions as applicable.

With inputs from PTI

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