New Delhi: The Maharashtra government on Sunday introduced new restrictions to abate the covid-19 spike that the state has been witnessing for more than three weeks now. As per the new guidelines, the state will now face a night curfew and a 'strict lockdown' over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 am. The restrictions, which come into effect today(April 5), will remain in order April 30.
In addition, the state government has also banned the gatherings of five or more than five people throughout the day; malls, restaurants, bars and places of worship will be closed. Home delivery and essential services will be allowed to operate only if they maintain covid appropriate behaviour.
Other guidelines are as follow:
*Industrial operations and construction activity will be allowed. Rules to control crowding in vegetable markets will be introduced.
*Film shoots will be allowed without crowds but theatres will be closed.
*Everything except essential services will be closed on weekends.
*There will be no new restrictions on traffic but public transport will run at 50 per cent capacity.
*While government offices will be allowed to function with only 50 per cent staff, private ones have been asked to shift to the work-from-home model.
The decision came following Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeary's meeting with cabinet minister to discuss the unprecedented surge in the state. The CM had warned of a lockdown on Friday, saying that he could not rule a second lockdown to curb the virus in the state.
While Maharashtra reported nearly 50,000 cases on Saturday, it capital city Mumbai reported over 11,000 cases on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Pune, one of the biggest cities of the state, has also reported high surge in the daily number of cases. On Friday, the district administration ordered a 12-hour night curfew and the shutting down of the shopping malls, religious places, and hotels and bars for a week.
Maharashtra Announces Night Curfew, Weekend Lockdown Amid Covid Spike