New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Manipur government on Sunday announced that the lockdown in the state will continue for 15 more days, from July 1 to July 15. Announcing the development, state chief minister N Biren Singh today said that 'we have decided to extend the lockdown for 15 more days which will now continue till July 15'. 

According to a UNI report, the Manipur government has allowed inter-district bus service from July 1, maintaining the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the social distancing norms issued by the Union Home Ministry. No other public transport service will be allowed during this period.

Earlier this week, several other states including Jharkhand and West Bengal government had also extended the lockdown in their respective states. Extending the lockdown in West Bengal till July 31, the state government said that the extended lockdown will come with more relaxations.

"Except for the dates of pending higher secondary exams and the other board exams which our education department will decide, we are planning to extend lockdown in the state with the necessary relaxations," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted by News18 as saying.  

No train and metro service will not resume during the period. Also, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will continue to remain closed. 

The Jharkhand government also extended the lockdown in the state till July 31 on Friday to contain the further spread of the coronavirus. "Considering the seriousness of the situation, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till July 31," Chief Minister Hemant Soren said in a tweet.

"All activities permitted prior to this order shall remain permitted. The activities to remain prohibited are the closure of schools, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutions, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, shopping malls...," the order said.

Interstate and intrastate bus services, hotels, lodges, inns and dine-in restaurants will not be in operation during this period, it added. Movement of individuals into the state by private vehicles, taxis shall continue to require an entry pass. There shall be no requirement of an e-pass for any other movement of individuals within the state or for leaving the state, the order added. 

Posted By: Talib Khan