The government took a number of steps last month to prevent the second wave of Covid in the state. But since the infection has not stopped, it is now taking drastic measures. According to the previous announcement, the lockdown will start in the state from Wednesday the 5th. With the exception of certain essential services, the entire state will be closed until the 19th. There will be a full shutdown Saturday and Sunday as before.
Necessary steps have been taken to ensure that people are not harassed for essential items during the lockdown. Essential street food shops, Gotikia Paribas, fruits, fish, meat, etc. will be open from 9 am to 12 noon. But the distance from one store to another will be at least 30 feet. The daily and weekly markets will be closed. People will walk away from their grocery stores. Water supply, electricity supply, sanitation, telephone and internet services, DTH services, and gas distribution and petrol pumps will continue to function normally. Banks and ATMs will not be affected. All health care transactions will continue, however other essential services, except the pharmacy, will be closed during the week-long shutdown.
The Chief Minister has already made it clear that vaccination and testing work will not be affected by the lockdown. People who are allowed to vaccinate can go to the vaccination centre without interruption. Similarly, people can also go to the nearest testing centre for Covid testing. For the wedding, permission is needed from local authorities. The number of attendees is limited to 50 for the wedding, and to 20 for the funeral.
Increase in price of essential commodities
However, the government has announced that all the essentials shops will be open from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon, and there will be no shortage of any essential goods. Still, people are stocking the month-long ration, vegetables etc., from the shops at home.
Because of this, the price of each of the essential goods has increased by 10 to 15 per cent compared to last Friday. So, for example, the potato was being sold from 13 to ₹ 15 last Friday, and it went above 20 Rupees on Monday. Similarly, there was an increase in the price of goods like edible oil, sugar, pulses etc.
On Monday and Tuesday, long queues were seen in front of super markets and wine shops in various cities of the state. While people were filling their ration for a month, on the other hand, some people were also taking their 15-day alcohol quota.