Citizens below the age of 18 will be permitted in malls; one vax shot sufficient for employees, says BMC.
As announced on Wednesday, Mumbai malls are set to open their doors for patrons at 50% capacity from August 15. In line with this, the state has clarified that people can visit malls, 14 days after they have gotten the second dose of the COVID-19 jab. Citizens up to 17 years of age will be permitted in malls even without the jab, since there is no provision to inoculate this population segment, the BMC Commissioner highlighted.
Mumbai malls to operate till 10 PM
The state of Maharashtra on Friday, underlined that children below the age of 18 years can enter malls without vaccine immunity, however, visiting adults need to be fully vaccinated. Only 50% of potential shoppers will be permitted in malls, which will be shuttered at 10 PM, underlined state orders.
Meanwhile, a single dose shot will be sufficient for staffers and other employees of the mall, the civic officials clarified. All shops will have to display the COVID vaccination status of all their employees, the Municipal Commissioner stated. This display will clearly state how many staff members have been administered the first shot of the anti-viral vaccine and when is the second dose due.
Other COVID-19 norms in Mumbai
The state of Maharashtra has relaxed several COVID curfew norms in Mumbai. Besides malls, all shops, eateries and restaurants have been permitted to remain open till 10 PM. Earlier, the timings were restricted to 8 PM for the stores and 4 PM for restaurants in Mumbai. The administration has announced that will soon circulate a detailed SOP for these establishments, as well.
As earlier stated by the Health Minister, it will be compulsory for all workers at these places to be fully vaccinated. Notably, the Maharashtra government has opened several provisions for fully vaccinated citizens- such as travel permission for local trains as well as entry in malls.
The Municipal Commissioner pointed out that nightclubs will remain shut in Mumbai. As per his statement, the BMC has sent in the recommendation to shut all places that operate beyond 10 PM. According to the BMC official, the state government will be incorporating the consultation.