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Fully vaccinated adults can now visit Mumbai malls from Sunday

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.

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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