oi-Ajay Joseph Raj P
Kolkata, Aug 13: The West Bengal government on Friday allowed all shops and business establishments including bars and restaurants to remain open till usual working hours but not beyond 10.30 PM.
The relaxation will come into effect from Monday onwards. The state administration had on Thursday extended the existing COVID restrictions till August 30 but reduced night curfew timings by two hours, imposing it from 11 PM to 5 AM. It allowed outdoor government programmes with strict adherence to COVID protocols.
The state administration also permitted theatres, auditoria and open air theatres to operate with not more than 50 per cent of their respective seating capacities. “Stadiums and swimming pools may remain open with 50 per cent of their respective at a time,” the order stated.