Bihar has attributed its decision to clamp a 16-day-long lockdown in the state beginning July 16 to an “alarming surge” in Covid-19 positive cases, The total number of positive cases registered so far in the state are nearing the 20,000-mark with 1,432 new cases on Tuesday taking the toll to 18,853, as per the data released by the state government. The crisis management group of the state government today met to take stock of the situation following which the government said it was convinced that the requirement for a lockdown was “inevitable” and “urgent” to contain the further spread of the pandemic in the state.
Here are the restrictions notified in government’s release that will remain in force between July 16 and July 31.
1. Offices of the government of India its autonomous/subordinate offices and public corporation shall remain closed.
Exceptions – Security forces, public utilities, disaster management, power generation and post offices allowed to function with the minimum number of employees.
2. Offices of the state government, its autonomous/subordinate officers and public corporation shall remain closed.
Exceptions – Security forces, fire and emergency, disaster management, elections, public utilities, food and civil supplies, agriculture, animal husbandry, municipal bodies, forest officers, offices of social welfare.
3. Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.
Exceptions – Shops and services related to food, grocery and agriculture inputs along with banks, IT and related services, print and electronic media, internet, telecommunication, e commerce, petr