Kolkata, May 01: The West Bengal government on Saturday restricted the number of invitees to wedding ceremonies and family gatherings to 50 to check the surge in coronavirus cases, an official said.

The state administration on Friday ordered the shutdown of shopping malls, beauty parlors, restaurants, bars, sports complexes, gyms, spas, and swimming pools and directed that markets would remain open for limited hours – from 7 am to 10 am and between 3 pm and 5 pm.

According to the notice, It is notified that the following further restrictions/prohibition will also be in force, until further orders, in the State of West Bengal as measures against the COVID disaster:

  1. Marriage/wedding gathering and other familial gatherings will also be seriously restricted and subjected to strict observation of COVID appropriate norms (eg. Strict use of masks, sanitizer, physical distancing, etc) Generally speaking, a number of invitees to marriages and other familial gatherings should be restricted to minimum possible number and at no point of time should there be congregations of more than 50 persons in any ceremony.
  2. The principle of keeping shops open in Bazar / hats during 7-10 am in the morning and 3-5 in the afternoon will apply to all retail and standalone outlets shops also, excepting in case of retail outlets providing services relating to health care, electricity, telecom, transport, grocery, sweets, meat shop, milk supply, etc, which will remain outside the confines of the embargo. The use of masks, sanitizer, and physical distancing would be compulsory in all these public places.

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West Bengal registered its highest single-day deaths of 103 people due to the virus on Friday, pushing the toll to 11,447, according to the state health department. The Covid-19 tally topped the 8 lakh mark to settle at 8,45,878 after 56,297 tested positives in the last 24 hours in the state, it added.