The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced a slew of new restrictions, including a weekend lockdown and a night curfew in the state, amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.
Night curfew will be imposed in the state from 8 pm to 7 am from Monday. The state will also go for a complete weekend lockdown from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday. NCP minister Nawab Malik said prohibitory orders issued under Section 144 will be in force throughout the day.
The new set of strict guidelines will come into effect from 8 pm on Monday and are likely to be in place till April 30.
The restrictions will be called ‘Break the Chain’ instead of ‘Mission Begin Again’.
Here’s all you need to know about new Covid-19 rules in Maharashtra:
- Industries and production sector, vegetable markets will function with Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and construction sites will operate if there is an accommodation facility for workers.
- Restaurants and bar seating will not be permitted and only takeaways will be allowed.
- Private offices, except in the banking and insurance sectors, will remain shut.
- Government offices will function at 50 per cent of their capacity and the rest of the employees will work from home, except the staffers of the essential services related to the pandemic management.
- Visitors will only be allowed to enter government offices if they have taken vaccination.
- While 50 people will be allowed at weddings, only 20 people can attend funerals.
- Theatres, drama theatres will be shut, while film and television shootings will continue if there is no crowding.
- E-commerce operations will continue operations and housing societies with five or more Covid-19 cases will be declared containment zones.
- Political rallies have also been banned.
- Gardens, parks, beaches will remain shut between 8 pm to 7 am.
- Salons, beauty parlours, swimming pools, sports complex and water parks will remain completely shut.
- Gymnasium and indoor sports will be shut while the manufacturing sector, including oxygen-dependent industries, will have to reduce operations to divert oxygen towards hospitals.
- People who work for essential services will only be allowed to travel at night.
- Agriculture and agricultural activities, transportation of food grains and agricultural commodities will continue as usual.
- Roadside eateries can operate between 7 am to 8 am.
- Public transport will remain functional with restrictions, and autorickshaws and cabs will operate with a limited number of passengers.
On Sunday, the state also reported 222 Covid-19 deaths and the case fatality rate stood at 1.86 per cent. Case fatality rate is the percentage of cases where deaths occur out of the total cases.
The state currently has 4,30,503 active cases. In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the state government said Maharashtra currently has 22,05,899 people in home quarantine and 19,711 people in institutional quarantine.
Source: India Today