West Bengal goes under complete lockdown for two weeks from today; What’s allowed, what’s not


Guwahati: Streets were largely empty in Kolkata and elsewhere in West Bengal on Sunday as the 15-day COVID 19-induced lockdown came into effect in the state, with just a few vehicles seen ferrying essential items during the day.

Buses and other passenger vehicles stayed off the roads, and shops selling non-essential items had shutters down, in accordance with the curbs imposed by the government as part of the lockdown.

Here’s what’s allowed and what’s not during the complete lockdown:

  1. All government and private offices will remain closed, except emergency services.
  2. Intra-state bus services, metro, ferry service, gyms, cinema halls, salons and swimming pools will also remain shut. Movement of all private vehicles, taxi and auto will be suspended. Even transport services, including Kolkata Metro, will not be allowed to operate.
  3. All markets and retailers are allowed to function only between 7am and 10am.
  4. All schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres will remain closed.
  5. Sweets and meat shops allowed to remain open from 10am to 5pm.
  6. Medical shops and optical shops will remain open.
  7. All outdoor activities, except emergency needs, will be prohibited from 9pm to 5am.
  8. All academic, cultural, administrative, political and religious gathering will also remain prohibited. Not more than 50 people will be allowed in wedding functions.
  9. Parks, zoos and sanctuaries will also remain shut.
  10. All industries and manufacturing units will remain closed except for food and medical supplies and medical packaging services.