Further eased restrictions due to Covid-19, the West Bengal government on Saturday allowed all shops, restaurants and bars to remain open as per normal business hours between 10-20 October.
All shops, restaurants and bars can remain open as per normal business hours, as per the notice. “Delayed closing of bars may be permitted according to existing rules,” she added.
Earlier today, owners of fine restaurants in Kolkata urged the Mamata government to extend the closing hour by another hour from 10:30 pm during the days of Durga Puja in view of the lifting of the night curfew during the festive season.
The owners of the restaurant had submitted their appeal to the Secretary of State. “We have urged the government to extend the closing time, which is now 10.30pm, by an hour because many panda hoppers will not hit the road the way they did in the pre-Covid years with the Calcutta High Court and Administration announcement,” said Nitin Kothari, owner of the restaurants Peter Cat and Mocambo” famous downtown Park Street: PTI .
The night curfew from 11pm to 5am, as per the coronavirus restrictions, has been withdrawn by the state government in view of the Durga Puja, which starts on October 11.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in Bengal rose to 1,157,801 on Friday after the state reported 784 new cases, the health ministry said in a bulletin.
The death toll rose to 18,882 after six more people died of the infection. The bulletin also said that 746 patients were cured of the infection during the past 24 hours, with a cure rate of 98.32 percent.
A total of 15,48,294 people have recovered from the disease so far. Bengal now has 7,625 active cases of Covid-19.
Two of the new deaths were recorded in the northern Barganas and Nadia 24 counties each. One death each was reported from Kolkata and Darjeeling.
The new Covid-19 cases included 158 from Kolkata and 128 from North 24 Parganas. Since Thursday, 38,069 samples have been tested for the virus in the state, the bulletin said, bringing the total number of these clinical tests to 1,843,552.
As many as Rs 6.19 crore have received at least one dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in the state. An estimated 1,142,256 people were vaccinated on Friday.
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