As soon as the assembly elections were over, the West Bengal state administration of India practically went on the path of lockdown. The state government announced several restrictions on Friday to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to a press release issued by the health department, the administration has directed to close all sports complexes, swimming pools, gyms, spas, restaurants, beauty parlors and cinema halls in the state of West Bengal. These have been closed indefinitely, the notification said. This means that they cannot be opened until further notice, which is tantamount to issuing a lockdown.
However, essential goods and emergency services are being kept out of the scope of partial lockdown. Grocery stores and drug stores will remain open. In addition, a ban has been imposed on marriage houses.
Apart from this, the shops will be open from 7 am to 10 am and from 3 pm to 5 pm. However, emergency service stores or drug stores are exempt from this restriction. A ban has also been imposed on public gatherings. In addition to this, all kinds of religious and cultural events have been banned for the time being to ensure that there is no crowd in one place at a time. However, no ban has been imposed on home delivery.
Meanwhile, the counting of votes for the May 2 assembly elections will take place. According to the notification, the political parties have to abide by the instructions of the Election Commission in the situation after the counting of votes. The commission has already ruled that whichever party wins the vote, no victory procession or celebration can be held. In today’s guideline, the state government has asked everyone to strictly follow the instructions of the commission.