Government of West Bengal notifies Complete Safety Restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


Commercial Compliance

The State Government of West Bengal on March 22, 2020, has notified the “Complete Safety Restrictions” with effect from March 23, 2020 (16.00Hrs) to March 27, 2020 (24.00 Hrs) in the urban and rural areas.

The restrictions are as under:

1. No public transport services will be permitted. The exception will include transport of all kinds to and from hospitals, airports, railway station, bus stands or terminals and goods carriers carrying food and essential commodities.

2. All shops, commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, godowns etc shall close their operations.

3. All foreign returnees and other such persons so required by the health personnel are directed to remain under strict home quarantine for a period as decided by the local health authorities.

4. People are required to stay at home and come out only for basic services while strictly following social distancing guidelines issued earlier.

5. The following establishments or services including those in the private sector providing essential services will be excluded from the above restrictions:

a. Law and Order, Courts and Correctional Services.

b. Health Services.

c. Police, Armed forces and para-military forces.

d. Electricity, Water and Conservancy services.

e. Fire, Civil Defense and Emergency Services.

f. Telecom, Internet, Information technology (IT) and Information technology Enabled Services (ITES) and postal services.

g. Banks and ATMs.

h. Food including PDS, groceries, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, bread and milk-selling, storage and transportation.

i. E commerce of groceries, food items, and home delivery of food.

j. Petrol Pumps, LPG Gas, Oil agencies, their godowns and transportation.

k. Medicine shops, optical stores, pharmaceutical manufacturing and their transportation.

l. Production and Manufacturing units requiring continuous process may continue to function after obtaining necessary approval from the District Magistrate.

m. Print, electronic media and social media.

n. Manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities.

6. Any congregation of more than 7 persons shall be prohibited in public places.

7. Any person found violating these instructions shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, which specifies the penalty for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.

[Order No. H&FW/120/20]


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