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Lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts till April 30

All non-essential shops in Mumbai to remain closed from today as COVID-19 infection rises to record high tallies here.

As per official orders, new lockdown-like restrictions have been imposed in Maharashtra from Sunday 8 PM. The new directives state that all non-essential shops and markets in Mumbai will remain closed until April 30 in view of the rapid surge in COVID cases. Further, a complete lockdown will be imposed here on the weekend, starting from Friday nights to Monday mornings.

Check out lockdown guidelines and other restrictions:

Maharashtra cabinet has enforced strict norms to curtail the spread of coronavirus, which surged to 11,206 cases, the highest tally since the outbreak. The state government has imposed Section 144 of CrPC between 7 AM and 8 PM, banning the gathering of more than 5 people at a place. During this time, no one will be allowed to be outdoors without a valid reason, except for essential services and medical staff. On the other hand, the entry of outsiders will be suspended at housing societies with more than 5 positive cases.

All schools and colleges will also remain shut, however, class X and XII council exams will be conducted as per schedule. Apart from this, the state has changed its tagline from 'Mission Begin Again' to 'Break the Chain' and has imposed a slew of other restrictions, as listed below:

Professional guidelines

  • Private offices should work entirely from home while the manufacturing sector needs to strictly abide by COVID guidelines and precautions.
  • All types of shops, malls, markets, salons and spas will remain closed till April 30. Essential services, such as grocery shops, medical stores and vegetable carts have been exempted from this restriction.
  • Banks, stock market, insurance, pharmaceuticals, telecom, electricity, water resources, agriculture and transportation of commodities are allowed.
  • Non-COVID staff and officers working in Government-run institutions will work at 50% capacity
  • E-commerce deliveries will be allowed to operate only between 7 AM to 8 PM here. All delivery agents need to be vaccinated.
  • Daily wage workers should be given paid leave if they test positive and should not be dismissed.
Religious & Recreational Restrtictions:
  • All public places such as parks and beaches will be completely shut from 8 PM to 7 AM, every night.
  • Cinema, multiplexes, theatres, swimming pools, sports complexes and auditoriums will remain closed.
  • All places of worship will remain closed.
  • Weddings will be conducted with 50 participants. ₹10,000 will be imposed as a fine if norms are violated. Only 20 people will be allowed in funerals.
  • Restaurants and bars will be completely closed, though takeaways will be permitted. Delivery will be available from 7 AM to 8 PM only.
  • Restaurants as part of a hotel can serve guests staying there, not outsiders.
  • Street food vendors will work only between 7 AM to 8 PM.

Transport Guidelines:

  • Public and private transport will continue. Only two people are allowed in a rickshaw, while cars and taxis have been permitted half their seating capacity.
  • Buses will ferry only the seated capacity. No standing passengers in buses.
As per official statements, a complete lockdown has been negated for the benefit of the economy, however, the CM has instructed designated officials to impose the restrictions with strictness. Absolute adherence to these norms and guidelines will yield maximum respite against the rising COVID-19 scare.

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