By Saad Alam Khan
Patna: In view of the rise in emerging cases of COVID-19 in Bihar, the state government re-imposed a statewide lockdown from August 1 to 16 in an attempt to contain the pandemic.
Here are what the guidelines read:
- Offices and related- bodies of government of India and state government offices to remain open with 50% staff.
- Night curfew to be imposed, movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 10.00 PM to 5.00 PM across the state, exceptions for very essential and medical needs made.
- Hospitals and all related medical establishments to remain open.
- Private offices to be in operation with 50% strength.
- Restaurants shall be closed for dine-outs only home deliveries and take away to be allowed.
- All public transportation services to be suspended.
- Taxis and auto rickshaws to be permitted across the state.
- All essential service providers to be allowed only from home to workplace.
- All educational/ training related institutions to remain closed, online/distance learning is promoted.
- No religious congregations shall be permitted, all places of worship to remain closed.
- All social gathering places such as parks to remain closed.
- Along with this the MHA guidelines of unlock-3 will be implemented in totality.
Bihar as on Friday had 45,000 + COVID-19 cases and so far close to 273 deaths due to the novel coronavirus have been reported. The lockdown implemented in Bihar is the state’s effort in controlling the impact and further spread of the virus, even after unlock 3 was implemented across the nation.