COVID-19 in Bihar: Lockdown lifted, night curfew to continue
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After a month's lockdown in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced easing of restrictions put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus. Kumar on Tuesday said the crisis management group of the government met here and after reviewing the reports received from district magistrates ,decided to ease the restrictions.

"The lockdown has served the purpose of putting a check on coronavirus cases. Hence it would now be done away with, though a few restrictions will remain," the chief minister said.

He mentioned that curfew will be imposed between 7 pm and 6 am, daily.

Nitish Kumar said government offices will function with only 50 percent attendance till 4 pm. Entry of outsiders would be banned in the offices. Commercial establishments and shops will be allowed to function on alternate days, he added.

Only 20 people would be allowed at the marriage pandals and three days prior permission needs to be taken from the local police station.

The chief minister further said that the aforementioned restrictions will remain in place for another week after which the situation would be reviewed and further instructions might be issued.

Complete lockdown was imposed on May 5 after the state was rattled by an explosive rise in COVID 19 incidence

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