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BMC eases lockdown guidelines, malls in Mumbai permitted to reopen

Unlock 3 picks up, no odd-even rule for shops in the city!

Unlock 3 in Mumbai has come with several relaxations for the people. Aligning with the State Government's 'Mission Begin Again', the directive issued by BMC permits various activities which were otherwise restricted due to rise in corona cases.

Mumbai comes back to life

Fewer fresh cases, reduced active cases and increased recoveries, has resulted in new relaxations to ease lives. Here is a list of all that Unlock 3 has to offer:

Sanitisation of malls in Mumbai

From August 5, all malls and market complexes in the city have resumed operations, from 9 am to 7 pm . All theatre spaces restaurants, bars, food courts and gaming zones in these malls will, however, remain shut. All restaurant kitchens in the malls have been allowed to start service with delivery aggregators. People have to compulsorily wears a mask while visiting the city malls and departmental stores.

All government offices that were tagged as non-essential are permitted to open with 15% or 15 member staff, whichever is more. Private enterprises are also allowed a similar moderation with 10% or 10 member staff , whichever is more. Open outdoor activities have been opened for sports and weddings alike. Non team sports like golf, outdoor gymnastics, open court tennis and badminton are permitted keeping in mind physical distancing. Swimming pools will remain shut. Marriage related gatherings are allowed in open gardens, lawns, non-AC halls with limited number of guests.

E-commerce services and their delivery will resume and so will the operations of self employed skilled workers like plumbers, electricians, pest control. Offices of schools and educational institutions will be opened for the non-teaching, administrative purposes only. All licensed construction and development projects have been permitted to continue work. Vehicular movement has also been eased and movement is permitted as per central guidelines.

Shops opened up in odd-even format in Mumbai

The odd-even rule in markets have also been scrapped by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. All shops on either side of the roads are now permitted to open everyday said the order. The timings of these market places have also been set between 9 am to 7 pm. Street vendors and hawkers are still prohibited to function. Sale and home delivery of liquor over the counter will continue with social distancing. Salons, barber shops, spas and other such services which were operating beforehand, will also carry on with their existing restrictions.

Knock Knock

As the city of Mumbai slowly comes back to life, the people need to exercise more caution and follow the rules and directives issued to maintain social distancing and other safety, health, and hygiene protocols. Flouting these directives is punishable and an FIR can be lodged against those who disrespect these guidelines.

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