The state tourism department will soon be providing separate SOPs pertaining to necessary precautions to be undertaken while operating these businesses.
On Wednesday, the Maharashtra government issued an extension of the ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of the contagious coronavirus, till the 31st of October. Nevertheless, hotels, food courts, restaurants and bars will be allowed to remain functional with 50% capacity, from the 5th of October. According to reports, the Central Railway is planning on initiating 8 additional services in Mumbai, including two ladies special trains from the 1st of October, in an effort to minimize crowding.
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Further, four of the new special trains will run on the main line, including two ladies specials, between CSMT-Kalyan stations while four services would run on Thane-Vashi Trans- harbour line. Along with all this, the dabbawalahs of Mumbai will be allowed to travel in local trains and other trains within the state of Maharashtra, with immediate effect. Moreover, the dabbawalahs need to procure QR code passes from the Mumbai police commissioner's office.
The government also issued major relaxations pertaining to businesses operations under the banner of "Mission Begin Again". The authorities have given permission to reopen restaurants and trains originating and terminating in the state, will be resumed. But it is to be noted that Mumbai's suburban train services will remain suspended.
The state tourism department will soon be providing separate SOPs pertaining to necessary precautions to be undertaken while operating these businesses. Schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remain shut. Establishments like cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres in malls and market places, auditoriums, assembly halls will continuing enduring a halt.
In line with the relaxations of Unlock 5, all industrial and manufacturing units of non-essential items in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) are now allowed to be in effect. The railways are said to increase the frequency of local trains in the MMR. The local trains in the Pune region too, will resume in tune with the protocols and procedures set for the MMR.
As of today, Maharashtra has reported 13,84,446 confirmed COVID-19 cases out of which, Mumbai has contributed 2,05,268 patients to the overall statistics.