The curfew does not impose any restriction on movement in the night but prohibits gathering or crowding in public places.
The state of Maharashtra will be clamped with a blanket night curfew, starting from March 28 from 8 PM. The decision was announced on Friday, which further warned of stricter restrictions if the people do not comply with the established COVID-19 rules. As ordained, the curfew does not impose any restriction on movement at night but prohibits gathering or crowding in public places.
Maharashtra to observe an 11-hour long night curfew, every day
Several districts in Maharashtra, including state capital Mumbai, reported record high fresh tallies on Friday, pointing at the emergence of the second, stronger wave here. Consequently, a restrictive night curfew will be observed here, that directs all malls and other establishments to remain closed from 8 PM to 7 AM, today onwards.
As far as a lockdown is concerned, the CM has expressed his disapproval on the idea of an all-districts shutdown. At the same time, however, district authorities have been granted the final discretion to order a lockdown. The CM has reassured that there will be no sudden state-wide lockdown and the people will be given a notice in advance if need be.
The official statement released on Friday directed concerned officials to ensure the availability of adequate hospital beds and medicines. This order has been issued to guarantee there are ample healthcare facilities and services across the state, which do not fall short in comparison to the higher infection load.
The Mumbai coronavirus situation
Mumbai, on the other hand, is ramping up medical services and healthcare facilities to shoulder as many as 10,000 patients a day. On Friday, the state capital 5,515 fresh COVID-19 cases, breaching all the previously recorded tallies, yet again. It is for the 3rd consecutive day, in this week when the count of fresh infections has exceeded the 5,000 mark. At present, Mumbai's active caseload stands at a total of 39,869 patients.