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9 pm to 6 am night restriction in Maharashtra amid Omicron spread

9 pm to 6 am night restriction in Maharashtra amid Omicron spread

On Friday, the Maharashtra government imposed a 9-hour night restriction in the state to be effective immediately as the state on Friday became the first state to have crossed the 100-mark in the number of Omicron cases. Gathering more than five people at any place during the restricted time between 9 pm to 6 am will not be allowed, while essential services will be exempt.

The government has also put a cap on the number of people allowed to attend wedding events and religious programs. Maharashtra minister Anil Parab said not more than 100 people can participate in such events organized in an enclosed place, and 250 people will be allowed at open-air events. The minister said that hotels, spas, theatres could continue their operations with 50% of their total capacity.

On Friday, Maharashtra state became the first in India to cross the 100-mark in Omicron cases after the state recorded 20 new Omicron cases.

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Read More: Centre tells states and UT to Stay Alert on Omicron Variant

As the Centre has alerted all states and UTs to take adequate measures amid the festive season, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with the Covid task force on Thursday to discuss fresh curbs. Ways to avoid crowding during the festivities were discussed. The global situation of the pandemic was also taken into consideration.

Before Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat Rajasthan have taken restrictive measures to arrest the spread of the new variant, which is the latest threat to India's fight against the pandemic.

As of Friday evening, Maharashtra had 108 Omicron cases, including 54 discharged. The new 20 cases reported on Friday included 11 from Mumbai, six from Pune, two from Satara, and one from Ahmednagar. Of these new patients, 15 have a history of international travel, and one patient has a history of domestic travel while four others had come in close contact with them. One patient is a minor, while six patients are above 60. All new patients are asymptomatic, a statement said.

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