BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that though the expert committee has recommended extension of lockdown till the end of May, the government will relax restrictions in green zone districts from Monday, May 4.
Restrictions will be relaxed in eight districts: Alipurduar, Bankura, Birbhum, Cooch Bihar, South Dinajpur, Jhargram, Purulia and North Dinajpur. According to the chief minister, shops that fall in the green zone localities can be opened for business, but not within market complexes. Even shops selling non-essential items like books, paint, hardware, stationery, electrical goods will be allowed to operate in the green zones of eight districts.
Paan shops and tea stalls have been included in this list. But hawkers and salons will remained closed.
“We will allow private bus services in these green zone districts from Monday. But the buses cannot carry more than 20 passengers and they will have to operate within the district,” Mamata Banerjee said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
The government will also allow the opening of doctors’ chambers in the eight districts provided they follow coronavirus norms like social distancing and the use of masks. “For the moment we are not allowing all shops to be opened as we have not received any clear instruction from the central government,” Mamata Banerjee added.
Factories in these areas will also open provided social distancing norms are followed strictly.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday 33 new cases of COVIDー19 have been reported in the last 24 hours in the state. The total number of active cases in the state stand at 550. 22 have died due to coronavirus in the state.