Covid night curbs likely to return after Puja break in West Bengal

The 11pm-5am night restrictions are expected to return after Wednesday. In the earlier order on September 30, the state had allowed an October 10 to October 20 window to allow movement of people and vehicles due to the festivities. The September 30 order, however, made it clear that barring this window the night restrictions will remain effective till October 31. Chief secretary H K Dwivedi on Tuesday chaired a meeting with all district magistrates and urged them to maintain strict Covid guidelines. 

Bengal health secretary Narayan Swarup Nigam also attended the meeting. “The night restrictions are likely to continue,” a senior official said, adding, “The Bengal government had factored in the festival dates of all communities before allowing these relaxations.” The official said the next festive period with Kali Puja, Diwali, Bhai Duj, Chhath, Jagadhhatri Puja starts from November first week. “If any decision is taken on further relaxations, it will be effective in November. The CM will take a final call based on all inputs.

 

The DMs were asked to keep sharp vigil on Covid case clusters in districts. Due to high discharge rate of over 98%, active cases didn’t see any major spike during festival days.

 

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