In a set of curfew relaxations awarded by the Maharashtra government, all malls, restaurants, bars, hotels, gymnasiums, salons, beauty parlours and other businesses, are now permitted to operate till 10 PM. This ease has been awarded in light of the dipping scale of the coronavirus infections and the overall well-being of the state. As recommended by the Maharashtra COVID-19 Task Force, these restructured guidelines are set to boost the economy - which has been reeling under the pressure of a series of pandemic lockdowns.
Relaxations to promote business operations in Maharashtra
Business operators and entrepreneurs across Maharashtra have welcomed the relaxations with open arms amid the improving scope of the second wave. The new timings will ease business operations, which until now were permitted until 4 PM with 50% seating capacity for dine-ins.
Timings for food deliveries have been relaxed as well, to stretch for 24 hours. These were limited till 11 PM until now. It may be noted that the seating capacity at hotels and restaurants, will continue to remain restricted at half the dine-in capacity.
Guidelines for weddings and social events have also been relaxed. For the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, a maximum of 200 people will be permitted at outdoor and indoor venues, subject to conditions. Further ease has also been extended to all public and private offices, regarding the working capacity. An increased workforce may be allowed to attend offices, based on the COVID-19 vaccination of employees and other protocols.
This eased measure have been ordained only 4 days ahead of the reopening of the local trains in Mumbai. As announced earlier, all fully vaccinated passengers, who have completed their 14-day wait period after the second jab, are permitted to board the local trains from August 16. The decision is set to benefit about 70% of the population in MMR, facilitating commute across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad.
Keep up the precautions, public!
Meanwhile, cinemas, multiplexes, and places of worship will remain closed till further notice, read reports. People are urged to follow all pandemic appropriate behaviour to arrest the likeliness of a future surge. With the 'third wave' threat looming over, eligible beneficiaries are encouraged to get the vaccine jab to bolster the state's immunity against the virus.