LOCKDOWN EXTENDED IN BIHAR: A day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issuing guidelines for a nationwide Unlock 3.0, the Bihar government has imposed further restrictions in the state on Thursday (30th July). The government while permitting certain activities, has extended the lockdown across the state till 16th August.
According to the guidelines issued by MHA, Unlock 3.0 was supposed to be effective from 1st August. Unlock 3.0 is aiming towards opening up of areas that lie outside the containment zone only and lockdown is still strictly enforceable in containment zones till 31st August 2020.
As per the newly issued guidelines by the state government of Bihar, all private and public offices are to function only with their 50% strength of employees. Defense forces, central armed police forces, post offices, disaster management, etc. have been exempted. These offices are allowed to work with the full strength of employees.
All commercial establishments are being allowed to function. Shopping malls, however, will still remain closed. Eateries and food joints have been allowed to operate, though going by the state government guidelines they can only engage in delivery services. Even shops and markets have been permitted to operate only with certain restrictions like timings etc.
With regards to transportation, most of the services remain suspended with certain exceptions of course. Domestic flights and trains are to function normally according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Railways. Autorickshaws, taxis, etc will be operational across the state and private vehicles are allowed only permitted activities.
Further, as per the guidelines, all hospitals and medical establishments (like dispensaries, pharmacy, etc) remain operational. All essential service providers will only be permitted to commute from home to work. The night curfew still stands in place from 10 PM to 5 AM.
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