Reports state that Mumbai has moved to 'unlock Level 2' but BMC has intervened against relaxations.
Keeping in view the uncertain circumstances, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that the ongoing curbs will not be revoked for the next 14 days. In spite of the latest weekly report by the Maharashtra Government which indicates lowered positivity rate and reduced oxygen bed dependency in Mumbai, the civic body has taken this decision. As per reports, Mumbai now stands eligible for 'unlock level 2', given these parameters.
Huge population, monsoons and local train footfalls deter relaxations
Reports state that the city is not being transferred from level 3 to level 2 as yet, due to its humongous population, current monsoons and the increased count of commuters in local trains. Thereby, the residents across the city will have to follow level 3 restraints for a period of 2 weeks, from now. According to reports, the Municipal Commissioner stated that the fear of a revived acceleration of infections, led to this decision.
Further, the BMC's Executive Health Officer asserted that the restrictions can be continued as a move of caution against the pandemic, despite the city's positivity rate being marked at 5%.
Offices allowed with 50% physical attendance of employees
As per the current guidelines, restaurants and other non-essential retail centres are allowed to function till 4 PM but they are not permitted to operate on weekends. Further, malls in the city have been asked to not open their gates, as of now. While all offices can function with 50% physical attendance of employees, film and television shooting are allowed till 4 PM, with complete compliance of protocols.
Besides essential service providers, citizens faced by medical emergencies and women, are also allowed to board local trains. On Friday, 721 new cases and 971 recoveries were marked in Mumbai. As of now, 7,14,216 individuals have been affected by the viral contagion.