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5-level unlock plan enforced in Maharashtra; Mumbai among the Level 2 areas of the state

The situation of each area will be assessed on a weekly basis to avoid any rise in the case tallies.

The government of Maharashtra commenced an unlock plan late Friday night, in which five levels have been created to manage restrictions. As per reports, there are 18 districts witnessing Level 1 unlock, 5 districts on Level 2, 10 districts on Level 3, 2 in Level 4 and the remaining will be in Level 5. Mumbai is currently on Level 2 unlock, however, the situation of each area will be assessed on a weekly basis to avoid any rise in the case tallies.

Read the full report below to know what all aspects have returned to normal functioning.

Mumbai in Level 2 unlock category

The Maharashtra government flagged off an unlock plan, which will come into effect as soon as the district and civic authorities issue orders in their respective areas. This five-level unlock plan is based on the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds in each district.

Under this unlock programme, Level 5 will have maximum restrictions while Level 1 will endure the least restrictions. Malls, theatres and shops can resume operations in districts falling under Level 1. In Level 2 districts, malls and theatres can operate but at 50 per cent capacity and Mumbai falls under this category.

Restaurants, gyms and salons, will be allowed to operate in Level 1 districts, along with trains and other public transport services. Industries can resume functioning in Level 1 and 2 areas without restrictions and with some restrictions, in the rest. Further, marriage, funerals and other social gatherings can be held without restrictions in Level 1 districts and with a few norms in other areas.

How the levels have been demarcated?

Cities and districts where the positivity rate is less than 5% and occupancy of oxygen beds is less than 25%, have been categorised under Level 1. All operations can go back to pre-lockdown timings in these areas. Level 2 includes places where the positivity rate is less than 5% and occupancy of oxygen beds is between 25% to 40% and here, curbs on attendance in closed places and group movements is applicable.

Areas under Level 3 have a positivity rate between 5% to 10% and oxygen bed occupancy is above 40% and here, no movement will be allowed beyond 5 PM. In Level 4 cities and districts, the positivity rate is between 10% and 20% and oxygen bed occupancy more than 60%. In such areas, movement past 5 PM will be restricted and a weekend lockdown will be enforced.

Places with a positivity rate above 20% and where oxygen bed occupancy is more than 75%, will be classified under Level 5. No movement will be allowed in such areas, however, essential shops can operate till 4 PM and there is no restriction on the operational timings of medical shops. Further, government offices can function with 15% attendance and trains can be availed only by medical professionals.

Situation to be reassessed weekly

In an attempt to ensure that the number of cases doesn't surge with the unlock going into effect, the situation will be assessed every Thursday by the state public health department. Moreover, the State Disaster Management Authority will manage the parameters and the level of restrictions applicable in each district.

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