Tea, cigarette stands, but no crowds: Bengal’s COVID-19 plan from May 4th


Tea, cigarette stands, but no crowds: Bengal's COVID 19 plan from May 4

Mamata Banerjee said independent shops can be opened but no meeting is allowed (file)


Bengal is likely to allow tea stalls, cigarette stores, buses and taxis in the least affected areas or “green zones” from May 4, one day after the end of the national ban.

Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned possible easing, but claimed that the ban in her state would last until the end of May.

“We need to be at home for a little bit more. Masks are mandatory in Bengal. We don’t know whether the coronavirus is leaving today or tomorrow. No research can confirm this. But the general idea is that it will be until the end of May and June We will have to follow this reluctance by the end of May, “the chief minister told reporters.

Independent stores may be allowed to open in residential areas. This includes tea rooms and cigarette shops, but Ms. Banerjee said that no meeting will be allowed.

From May 4, electronic stores, mobile phone charging stores, hardware stores, factories, and construction work in green zones can resume.

Taxis and buses could also be allowed, the Prime Minister said, but under certain conditions.

For reasons of social distance, only 20 passengers are allowed to board buses. With taxis, the number of passengers is limited to three. Masks will be a must.

The relaxation of the restrictions does not apply to areas in the “red zone”, where most cases of corona viruses occur. These include Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Howrah and Purba Medinipur.

Bengal has 550 coronavirus cases, said Ms. Banerjee.

The state says 22 have died of COVID-19.

Most cases – 88 percent – focus on three districts.