Tuesday, August 3

West Bengal Parks to open for 3 hours, morning walkers need double-dose vaccine proof

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The state government on Monday issued orders to reopen city parks and lakes for three hours in the morning, with a rider. Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed inside the green spaces. While addressing the media, the chief secretary clarified the same.
“We have been demanding that parks be reopened in the morning and evening as it is tiresome to stay locked up at home. This is certainly a welcome move. But the requirement to display the vaccination certificate at the entrance complicates matters unnecessarily. How does it protect walkers from infection if we don’t follow social distancing protocol,” asked Ramen Ghosh Dastidar, a retired banker who has been a regular at Deshyapriya Park. A Kolkata Municipal Corporation parks department official said efforts were already on to reopen the gates of city’s major parks from Wednesday. “We will see how to conduct the checks at the entrance. But it may be difficult as most guards may not be able to read what’s written,” the official said.
“Many people come at the lakes in the morning and it will be very difficult for the security guards to keep constant check at all the gates of Rabindra Sarobar to ensure that all have completed their Covid vaccine doses,” said a KMDA official.Hidco is opening Eco Park from June 16. “There are security guards at all the six gates and people who will come for morning walks will be allowed to enter by showing the second dose of vaccine certificate message on his/her mobile phone,” said a Hidco official. Morning walkers at Central Park expressed disappointment, pointing out that very few had completed both the doses as the minimum gap between two Covishield doses had been increased to 12 weeks.

Source: Times of India

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