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Maharashtra Government Imposes Weekend Lockdown Till 30Th April Amid Rising Cases of Covid-19 In The State

Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government announced a weekend lockdown and night curfew on weekdays till 30th April to contain the spread of coronavirus. The decision came after a special meeting of the council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday. 

 

The state government has also released the list of restrictions to be put in place for different industries:

Private Transport

  • Private vehicles (including private buses) can ply normally from 7 AM-8 PM (Monday to Friday).
  • For the rest of the period, private vehicles (including private buses) can move for the purpose of emergency or essential services.
  • Private buses have to ply with seating capacity with no standing passenger.

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Offices

  • All private offices will remain closed except private banks, telecom service providers, BSE/NSE, mediclaim companies.
  • Government offices to function with 50% capacities except the departments working for Covid-19 pandemic
  • All government companies related to electricity, water, and banking will operate with full capacity, but meetings with any other government office must be conducted online. 

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Recreation and entertainment industry

  • Cinema halls, drama theatres, and auditoriums shall remain closed.
  • Amusement parks, water parks, video game parlours to remain closed.
  • Shooting of scenes with a large number of artists must be avoided.

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Restaurants and Hotels

  • All restaurants and bars to remain closed.
  • Take away orders and home delivery services to be allowed between 7 AM to 8 AM (Monday to Friday). On weekends, only home delivery services shall be allowed between 7 AM to 8 AM.
  • Without negative RT PCR certificate/ without vaccination post 10th April, a fine of Rs 1000 will be levied on the offender and Rs. 10,000 will be levied on the establishment.

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Religious spaces, shops, Spa, Salon and Newspapers

  • Religious spaces of worship to remain closed.
  • Barber shops/spa’s/salons’ and beauty parlours to remain closed.
  • Newspapers can be printed and circulated; home-delivery allowed between 7 AM to 8 PM on all days.

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Schools and colleges

  • School and colleges to remain closed.
  • Rules relaxed for 10th and 12th students due to their exams.
  • All kinds of private coaching classes to remain closed.

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Religious, social and political events

  • No kind of religious/social/cultural/political functions will be allowed.
  • Marriages to be allowed with a maximum of 50 people present.
  • Funerals to be allowed with a maximum of 20 people present

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Roadside vendors

  • No eating at the location will be allowed.
  • Waiting customers must follow social distancing norms.
  • Local authority to keep a close watch over such places.

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 Manufacturing sector

  • Factories and manufacturing units shall scan the body temperature of labours pre-entry.
  • If any worker is found to be covid-19 positive, unit to be closed until completely sanitised.
  • Common toilet facilities to be sanitised regularly. 

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Oxygen producers and E-commerce industry

  • All industrial producers of oxygen shall reserve 80% of their production for medical or pharmaceutical purposes.
  •  Everyone engaged in the e-commerce industry must be vaccinated at the earliest.

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Cooperative housing societies

  • Any cooperative housing society with more than 5 active corona positive cases will be treated as a micro containment zone. 
  • All restrictions of micro containment zone shall be monitored by the society.

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Construction activity 

  • Construction activities only allowed at sites where labourers are living on the site.
  • Defaulters will attract a fine of Rs 10000/- and repeated defaults may lead to closure of the site till existence of notification of covid-19 pandemic.

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Maharashtra has been the worst coronavirus pandemic hit state in India, with 11,349 new active cases recorded in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra saw 277 deaths due to covid-19 in the past 24 hours. Bollywood actors like Alia Bhatt, Govinda, and Akshay Kumar have tested positive for covid-19.

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