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Bihar govt announces lockdown till May 15: Here’s what’s allowed, what’s not

By Priyanka Verma 
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Bihar: Amid rising cases of Coronavirus in the state, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced to impose complete lockdown across state till May 15.The announcement came within hours of the Patna High Court ordering the government to declare a lockdown, warning that otherwise the court may step in.

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The Chief Minister made the announcement today through social media posts a day after a meeting of all ministers and top officials to take a call on the matter.

Taking to his official Twitter account on Tuesday morning, the Chief Minister in Hindi said, “After discussion with the associate ministers and officials yesterday, it was decided to impose lockdown in Bihartill May 15.”

Bihar Lockdown: Here’s what allowed

-These essential services will be exempted from the lockdown: District administrative services, police, civil defence, sanitation, fire brigade, water supply, health services.

-Banks, insurance offices, and ATM.

-Construction works of any type.

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-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.

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-Private security services.

-Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. However, 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 and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in the public and private sector, such as 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.

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-All employees on govt duty.

-Interstate highways and people traveling to other states.

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 for dine-in services. Only take away option will available.

-All 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.

Bihar Chief Minister has also announced free Covid-19 vaccine to all above 18 years of age.

Bihar’s Covid-19 case tally has crossed the 5-lakh mark while the state now has over 1 lakh active cases. On Monday, Bihar reported 11,407 fresh Covid-19 cases along with 82 deaths.

Out of 82 new deaths, Patna accounted for 24 casualties while Muzaffarpur reported 13 fatalities, Madhepura (6) and West Champaran (5).

The Bihar government on Monday decided to make available Rs two crore each from the development money of the state legislators to corona eradication fund constituted in the health department to further enhance the medicare facility to fight Covid pandemic more effectively.

A sum of Rs 2 crore from the legislators fund of all the MLAs and MLCs for the fiscal 2021-22 be transferred to the corona fund.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier called on states to only consider lockdowns as a last resort. By now, though, political allies, business leaders, and even the US government had suggested it as the only way to stem the world’s worst virus outbreak.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today tweeted saying that only way to stop the spread of the virus was a full lockdown.

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