NEW DELHI: There will be a total lockdown in Bihar from July 16-31 to contain the spread of Covid-19, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi annouced on Tuesday.
The move comes close on the heels of recent spike in positive cases which had necessitated lockdowns, imposed by the local administrations, in several districts.
Modi said the 16-day lockdown will remain in force at all municipal, district, sub divisional and block headquarters levels.
What is closed during the lockdown:
* Commercial and private establishments should be closed.
* All educational, training, research, coaching institutions will remain closed.
* All places of worship will be closed for public. No religious congeregation will be permitted and encouraged.
* All social/political/sports/entertainment/academic/cultural functions/ gathering and opening of parks will be barred.
* Sports complexes and stadium will be permitted to open, however, spectators will not be allowed.
* All public transport services will be suspended.
What is open:
* Hospitals and all the related medical establishments will continue to remain functional.
* Shops, including ration shops, dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish will stay open
* Banks, insurance offices and ATMs
* Print and electronic media
* Hospitality services, including hotels, motels and lodges
* Restaurants and eateries will be allowed to open with home delivery/take away services only
* Industrial establishments will be allowed to open with strict implementation of necessary precautions against Covid-19 as well as social distancing measures.
* As per the Union government guidelines, air and train transport will remain functional.
* Taxis, auto-rickshaws will be permitted across Bihar.
* Transportation of goods will be allowed without any hindrance
* All essential service providers will be allowed to commute from home to workplace
Bihar recorded the worst single-day spike of 1,432 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which pushed the total tally in the state to 18,853. Of the 1,432 cases, Patna reported the maximum number of patients at 162, followed by East Champaran at 124, Begusarai at 114, Nalanda at 107, Nawada at 92, Bhagalpur at 61, West Champaran at 58, Siwan at 55 and Muzaffarpur at 54.