Kolkata: To contain the unprecedented surge in the COVID cases in the state, the West Bengal government on Friday imposed lockdown-like restrictions. According to the order passed by the Mamata govt, all shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cinema halls, beauty parlours, spas will remain close till further notice. Restrictions have also imposed on religious gatherings.Also Read - Breaking News LIVE 28 May 2022: RBI Exploring Pros & Cons of Central Bank Digital Currency in India

The markets will remain open from 7-9 am and 3-5 pm. Also Read - Bengal At Your Doorstep | Darjeeling, Kalimpong, More: Mamata Banerjee Govt's Big Push For Tourism

West Bengal announces lockdown-like restrictions with immediate effect.

According to the government order, all activities related to electoral counting processes and victory rallies/processions will be guided as per the latest order issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The govt order also adds that unnecessary congregations in the neighbourhoods of counting halls will be discouraged. Also Read - Delhi Witnesses Marginal Dip in Covid Numbers, Registers 403 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate Stands At 1.76%

The state government said that crowding/loitering near the counting venue should be averted.

West Bengal on Thursday registered its highest single-day deaths of 89 people due to COVID-19, pushing the toll to 11,248, the health department said. The state is also awaiting in results of the Assembly elections. Counting of votes is scheduled to be held in Sunday, May 2.