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Malls, eateries & other businesses to now operate till 10 PM in Maharashtra; check guidelines here

Meanwhile, cinemas, multiplexes, and places of worship will remain closed till further notice, read reports.

In a set of curfew relaxations awarded by the Maharashtra government, all malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, gymnasiums, salons, beauty parlours and other businesses, are now permitted to operate till 10 PM. This ease has been awarded in light of the dipping scale of the coronavirus infections and the overall well-being of the state. As recommended by the Maharashtra COVID-19 Task Force, these restructured guidelines are set to boost the economy - which has been reeling under the pressure of a series of pandemic lockdowns.

Relaxations to promote business operations in Maharashtra

Business operators and entrepreneurs across Maharashtra have welcomed the relaxations with open arms amid the improving scope of the second wave. The new timings will ease business operations, which until now were permitted until 4 PM with 50% seating capacity for dine-ins.

Timings for food deliveries have been relaxed as well, to stretch for 24 hours. These were limited till 11 PM until now. It may be noted that the seating capacity at hotels and restaurants, will continue to remain restricted at half the dine-in capacity.

Guidelines for weddings and social events have also been relaxed. For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, a maximum of 200 people will be permitted at outdoor and indoor venues, subject to conditions. Further ease has also been extended to all public and private offices, regarding the working capacity. An increased workforce may be allowed to attend offices, based on the COVID-19 vaccination of employees and other protocols.

This eased measure have been ordained only 4 days ahead of the reopening of the local trains in Mumbai. As announced earlier, all fully vaccinated passengers, who have completed their 14-day wait period after the second jab, are permitted to board the local trains from August 16. The decision is set to benefit about 70% of the population in MMR, facilitating commute across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad.

Keep up the precautions, public!

Meanwhile, cinemas, multiplexes, and places of worship will remain closed till further notice, read reports. People are urged to follow all pandemic appropriate behaviour to arrest the likeliness of a future surge. With the 'third wave' threat looming over, eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to get the vaccine jab to bolster the state's immunity against the virus.

Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

Notably, India was about to resume commercial international passenger air services from December 15

According to the latest circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India, the government of India has put its initial plan of reopening international commercial flights on hold. With the discovery of a new and more transmissible strain of COVID, the administration has stepped into action to prevent and eliminate the risk of transmission of this variant in the country. Notably, India was about to resume international passenger air services from December 15 after a gap of about twenty months, however this decision stands suspended in view of the current Omicron scare.

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​Check out the new airport guidelines for int'l & domestic travellers arriving in Maharashtra

International flyers reaching Maharashtra to undergo mandatory quarantine; RT-PCR must for domestic travel

Amid the emergent concerns of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a mandatory quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the state. The guidelines have been made more stringent for travellers flying from at-risk countries, with the imperative of institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel protocols for domestic travel have also been revised, added reports. Now, all passengers flying within Maharashtra will either have to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival. On the other hand, people flying to Maharashtra from other Indian states also have to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of vaccination status.

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Third train set for Kanpur Metro arrives in the city

Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month

Adding to the existing fleet of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation, the third three-coach metro train set arrived in Kanpur yesterday. Reportedly, with the successful completion of the trials undertaken by the Research Design & Standard Organisation (RDSO), Kanpur Metro is expected to start its commercial services by the end of this month. As per the officials, the fourth train set will arrive in the industrial city tomorrow.

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SAI Lucknow to conduct Women's Hockey selection trials for NCOE on Dec 6 & 7

As per the notification issued by the Sports Authority of India, girls aged between 14 and 18 can apply for the selection trials

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is all set to conduct countrywide selection trials of the Women's hockey team for National Centre Of Excellence (NCOE) this month. As per the report, the trial will be organised at Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, SAI in Lucknow on December 6 and 7, 2021. In line with the existing COVID scenario, a negative RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours is mandatory to enter the premises. Read on to know the other details of the upcoming women hockey selection trial for NCOE.

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Mumbai-Nashik local train to facilitate better connectivity within Maharashtra soon!

If approved in the trial run this month, the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service will be launched by the new year

Good news for the residents of Mumbai as after a long wait the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service has finally been approved by the authorities now. As per the reports, if the Mumbai-Nashik local gets a positive report at the trial run this December, it will be launched by the new year. With the addition of a local train on this route, the Indian Railway aims to boost intrastate connectivity in Maharashtra.

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Goa issues guidelines for foreign travellers amid Omicron concerns

The move comes in light of surge in global Covid cases because of the new variant

On Tuesday, the Goan Government issued guidelines for all international passengers coming to the state. To prevent the spread of the Omicron virus, the passengers will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and self-isolation.

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IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Mumbai amid forecasts of heavy rains on Wednesday

These showers are likely to extend for the next 24 hours in Mumbai

Mumbai, Thane and Palghar woke up to isolated light showers accompanied by low temperature on the first day of December. As per reports, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in these regions for Wednesday amid forecasts of a moderate to isolated heavy monsoon spell through the day.

According to the MeT department, these unseasonal rains have been spurred due to western disturbances, intensified by a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off Maharashtra. These showers are likely to extend until Thursday, added reports.

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