Bihar Lockdown: CM Nitish Kumar Announces Curbs Till May 15
Lockdown in Bihar till 15 May, says CM Nitish Kumar; What's allowed, what's not
In the light of the surge in coronavirus cases, the Bihar government has imposed a lockdown in the state. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that a complete lockdown will be imposed in the state till May 15, 2021. The decision was taken after discussions with ministers and government officials.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took to social media to share the news: “After discussion with the associate ministers and officials yesterday, it was decided to implement the lockdown in Bihar by May 15, 2021. In relation to its detailed guidelines and other activities, today the Crisis management group has been instructed to take action,” tweeted Bihar CM.
Check out his tweet here:
कल सहयोगी मंत्रीगण एवं पदाधिकारियों के साथ चर्चा के बाद बिहार में फिलहाल 15 मई, 2021 तक लाॅकडाउन लागू करने का निर्णय लिया गया। इसके विस्तृत मार्गनिर्देशिका एवं अन्य गतिविधियों के संबंध में आज ही आपदा प्रबंधन समूह (Crisis management Group) को कार्रवाई करने हेतू निदेश दिया गया है।
— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) May 4, 2021
Bihar reported 11,407 fresh COVID-19 cases and 82 deaths, taking the state’s overall case count to over 5.09 lakh and more than 2,800 fatalities. There are 1,07,667 active cases in Bihar at present.
Here is all about what is allowed and not allowed during the lockdown in Bihar:
Services exempted from the lockdown:
- District administrative services, police, civil defense, sanitation, fire brigade, water supply, health services.
- Banks, insurance offices, and ATM
- Construction works of any type.
- All things related to e-commerce.
- Agriculture and allied activities.
- Print and electronic media, Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting, and cable services.
- Petrol pumps. LPG petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
- Cold storage and warehousing services.
- Private security services.
- Ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder.
- Shops related to fruits and vegetables, meat/fish shall remain open only between 06.00 am to 11 am.
- Offices related to judicial work will be run as per the guidelines issued by the Patna High Court Administration.
- Hospitals, medical establishments, dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance, etc. will continue to remain functional.
- Transportation for all medical personnel nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services is permitted.
- All goods carrying vehicles.
- Private vehicles carrying passengers from airports and railway stations.
- All employees on govt duty.
Here’s what’s not allowed
- All the offices of the state govt will remain closed.
- Unnecessary movement in public places and roads will be prohibited.
- Public transport will have a limited occupancy of 50%.
- People who will travel through rail, plane, and long-distance travelers will be allowed in public transport.
- E-pass carrying vehicles authorized by district admin.
- All schools, colleges/ coaching institutions will be closed. No examinations will be conducted during the lockdown.
- All restaurants and eateries will be closed. Only take away option will available.
- Cinema halls, shopping malls, clubs, swimming pools, stadiums, gyms, and parks will be completely closed.
- No functions -either govt or private- will be allowed.
- Wedding ceremonies will be allowed with a maximum of 50 participants.
- No DJ or Barat processions will be allowed.
- Weddings should be informed to the nearest police station at least three days in advance.