Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that all places of worship, mandir, masjid, gurudwara will open in the state from June 1, adding that only ten people will be allowed to visit the places.
In a video conference, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that that the state has been successful in controlling the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in the state in last two months, adding that cases are increasing because people coming from outside now.
Religious places across India have remaind shut since March 25 after the government imposed a lockdown to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Banerjee also announced that all public and private companies will be allowed open with 100 per cent workforce from June 8 in the state.
She, however, said that schools will remain shut in June and will to be used as quarantine centres for migrants returning to the state.
Speaking about the migrant workers, Mamata Banerjee slammed the central governmen and the Indian Railways for the alleged lack of social distancing during the journey.
“I am happy my migrant workers are coming back. Railways sending thousands of migrant workers in one train, why is it not allowing more trains for migrants,” she said.
“Most of these workers are coming from hotspot states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi so why can’t the Railways run extra trains so that some social distancing is maintained. No food no water… these migrants are being packed inside trains, sometimes double the capacity,” she added. The dreadful coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan has affected more than 4,500 people in West Bengal and claimed the lives of almost 300 while over 1,600 have been cured and discharged from the hospitals, according to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health Ministry Website