After allowing cinema halls and theatres to restart services, the govt has now permitted dry amusement parks in Maharashtra to reopen, Friday onwards. The administration on Monday decided to reopen all dry amusement parks in the state from October 22 after a detailed discussion with the state COVID Task Force and Children's Task Force. Additionally, shops and restaurants have also been granted longer working hours now. Read on to know more about the orders.
Eateries allowed to function till 1:30 AM in Mumbai!
While all dry amusement parks are expected to reopen from Friday, along with cinema halls and theatres, the decision to resume water rides in the parks or exclusive water parks will be taken later. Moreover, the dry rides are allowed to operate at 50% capacity as of now. Further, shops and commercial establishments have been given a midnight deadline while restaurants and eateries are allowed to go back to their pre-COVID timeline and close by 1:30 AM.
Keeping in mind the existing pandemic situation, the Chief Minister has directed the concerned departments to devise a set of guidelines for the same. Talking about the relaxation, the CM said, "We are gradually easing the restrictions as the number of Covid patients seem to be on the decline".
Additionally, the administration has also directed the Public Health Department to ensure availability of adequate vaccines stocks even for children. This has been done to make sure that children can be vaccinated as soon as a decision is taken in this regard. As new experiments, research and medicines are being tested for treating COVID-19 across the world, the CM urged the Public Health Department to keep itself updated on the same along with the prices and the availability of the new drugs.
List of things open in Maharashtra
Witnessing the decrease in COVID cases in the state, the Maharashtra government has been issuing orders time and again to ease the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic. On October 7, the administration had reopened all religious places in the state that were located outside containment zones. Apart from this, fully vaccinated people and children below 18 are now allowed to board the local trains as well.
Additionally, essential and non-essential services are allowed to function every day till 10 PM. As a part of these relaxation, gyms, yoga centres, salons, spas, beauty parlours are also permitted to operate at 50% capacity everyday, till 10 pm. Besides, indoor sports have also been given a go-ahead with fully vaccinated players and staff.
As a part of the unlock program, the administration had earlier permitted all the schools to resume offline classes starting October 4. As per this order, students of class 5 to 12 in rural areas can opt for physical sessions while standards 8 to 12 are allowed to go back to schools in urban areas. Moreover, degree colleges in the state are also allowed to restart physical classes from October 20 and SOPs have also been released for the same.
While extending these relaxations, the authority has emphasised on strictly adhering to COVID-appropriate behaviour and following all the stipulated protocols as the pandemic is still not over yet.