Patna: Amid surging COVID-19 cases, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced the imposition of a state-wide night curfew and also issued some fresh guidelines. The CM said all cinema halls, malls, clubs, gyms and parks will remain shut till May 15.
The night curfew will be imposed across the state from 9 pm till 5 am.
The CM further announced that schools, colleges and other educational institutes will also remain shut till May 15. Also, no examination will be held by state-run schools and universities till May 15.
Issuing fresh guidelines, Nitish Kumar said all shops selling vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat will now have to shut by 6 pm. Further, mandis and business establishments will also have shut by 6 pm. Also, restaurants and dhabas will be allowed to operate for home delivery and takeaway services only till 9 pm.
Government offices will function with one-third strength and only till 5 pm.
All religious places will also remain closed in Bihar till May 15. A total of no more than 25 people will be allowed at funerals and last rites while only 100 people will be permitted to attend weddings.
In another important announcement for corona warriors, Nitish Kumar said the Bihar government has decided to provide bonus salary of one month to all healthcare workers in the state this year as well.
The announcement of Bihar night curfew came on a day when the state reported 8,690 fresh cases of COVID-19. The state had reported 7,870 COVID-19 cases along with 34 more fatalities on Saturday.
Out of the 7,870 new infections reported on Saturday, 1,898 were recorded in capital Patna alone.
Other districts which reported a large number of COVID-19 cases yesterday included Gaya with 610 cases, Muzaffarpur (541), Begusarai (326), Bhagalpur (322) and West Champaran (269).