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Bengal govt eases Covid curbs; night curfew shortened, flight restrictions removed

Daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to resume, Schools to reopen

My Kolkata & PTI | Published 31.01.22, 08:06 PM
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee

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The Bengal government introduced further relaxations to COVID-19 curbs in the state on Monday.

The night restriction on movement of people was reduced by an hour and will now be in force from 11pm to 5am. Earlier the night curfew was in place from 10pm to 5am.

Addressing a press conference, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said flights from Delhi and Mumbai will be allowed to operate daily, instead of thrice a week.

The ban on flights from the UK to Kolkata was also lifted but passengers need to undergo RT-PCR tests, she said.

The government also allowed 75 per cent workforce to attend office, instead of the earlier 50 per cent.

Schools for classes 8 to 12, colleges and varsities will also reopen in Bengal on February 3.

Cinemas and auditoriums were allowed to host shows with 75 per cent capacity, she said.

"COVID-19 situation in Bengal has improved. Schools will reopen on February 3 for classes 8 to 12. Colleges, universities, polytechnics, ITIs will also restart offline classes on the same day. We are not reopening primary schools right now," Banerjee said.

"We will decide on reopening primary schools later," she added.

The revised restrictions will be in place till February 15.

Last updated on 31.01.22, 08:13 PM
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