The state government has made yet another change in the lockdown schedule for August. This is the fourth time that there has been a change in the lockdown dates. There won’t be any lockdown on August 28, the state government authorities said in an official statement.

The date was changed because of an earlier scheduled bank holiday and August 28 being a Friday, it would inconvenience people a lot, as banks will be closed during that weekend as well.

After two days of complete lockdown this month – on August 5 and 8 – Bengal is preparing for next total lockdown across the state on August 20, Thursday.

Here’s the final lockdown dates for August 2020:

August 5 (Wednesday)

August 8 (Saturday)

August 20 (Thursday)

August 21 (Friday)

August 27 (Thursday)

August 31 (Monday)

Already changes have been made three times due to “festivals and local community-base customs” this month which were coinciding with the dates of lockdown announced earlier, and thus the dates were revised. The government has decided to impose a biweekly lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 after a sudden spike in the number of cases since the last two weeks of July.

[Cover image by Kamalika Sengupta]

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