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Hotels and restaurants permit to function till 10 pm from 15 August in Maharashtra

Hotels and restaurants permit to function till 10 pm from 15 August in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra government has further eased the COVID-19-related curbs, allowing hotels and restaurants to operate till 10 pm across the state, at 50 percent seating capacity, from 15 August.

As of now, hotels and restaurants were allowed to offer in-dining facilities till only 4 pm, as part of the restrictions imposed to curb the transmission of the virus. They were, however, allowed to continue home-delivery and takeaway services as per the usual timings.

The timing of malls has also been extending till 10 pm. However, only people vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine would be allowed to visit, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

Apart from relaxing the operational timing for eateries, the state government has also increased the cap of guests at wedding ceremonies to 200. In enclosed halls, the traditions are requiring at 50 percent capacity.

The government has also permitted malls to remain till 10 pm from 15 August, requiring that the staff be vaccinated and strictly followed by social distancing norms.

Also, only those vaccinated with both doses of COVID-19 vaccine would be allowed to visit the malls, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

Tope said.

"Malls and shops in mall can remain open till 10 pm in state but visitors need to be taken double dose of vaccine. They also need to show their vaccination certificates before entering,"

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The decision comes two days after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with the state COVID-19 task force to decide whether the restriction in the state could be relaxing ahead.

The chief minister also reportedly discussed with the experts on whether places of worship, closed since March, can be reopened given the dwindling coronavirus caseload. However, no update was issuing following his meeting with the task force members.

Maharashtra was the worst-affected state during the second wave of the pandemic between March and May, has been gradually easing the restrictions since June.

The state government also allowed government and private offices and essential and non-essential shops to reopen except in districts where the transmission rate remains high.

The per-day case count in Maharashtra, which had peaked to above 60,000 in April, has now dropped below the 5,000-mark. The state on 10 August reported 4,505 new infections and 68 deaths. The active caseload has fallen to 68,375.

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