Monday, 18 October 2021

Maharashtra relaxes Covid restriction except 11 district

Maharashtra relaxes Covid restriction except 11 district

Restrictions will be continuing in those districts of Maharashtra where the infection is still on the rise.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announced that shops would remain open until eight instead of 4 pm in the districts where Covid infections were reducing. Restrictions will be continuing in those districts where the disease is still on high.

On Mumbai local trains, the chief minister said that allowing all segments of society would be difficult "in the first phase" as relaxing of restricting was slow.

The government said that it was satisfied that State was threatening the virus's spread. Therefore it was crucial to continue emergency measures to prevent and contain the spread of the covid. The order said that restrictions imposed for level 3 be ongoing for the district: Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Palghar, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Satara, Solapur, Pune, Beed, and Raigad.

Except for these districts, all the districts, existing restrictions have been changed.

All essential and non-essential shops included shopping malls, remain open all weekdays till 8 pm and till 3 pm on Saturday. All shops and malls except necessary shops will remain closed on Sunday.

  • Public places like Gardens and playgrounds can be kept open for jogging, cycling, walking, and exercise.
  • All private and government offices can operate with a total capacity. They are staggering work hours to be done to avoid crowds while traveling.
  • All agricultural activity, Industrial activity, Civil Works, and transport of goods to be functional at total strength.
  • Gym, Yoga, Hair Cutting salons, beauty parlors, Spa's can remain open without these air-conditioners and with 50% capacity till 8 pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays till 3 pm.

The said services will be remaining close on Sundays. All cinema, drama theatre, and multiplexes remain closed till further orders.

  • Places of worship will be remaining closed till further order. The orders of the Education Department and Higher and Technical Department will apply to colleges and schools.
  • All restaurants can remain open with 50% seating capacity till 4 pm on weekdays, subject to follow all COVID l9 rules. Parcel and Takeaway will be allowed currently.

Restrictions on movement will apply from 9 pm to 5 am.

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To avoid overcrowding, restrictions imposed on birthday celebrations, Political, Social and Cultural events, elections, election campaigning, rallies, and protest marches continue.

Already, the CM had appealed for cooperation from people who were relaxing the restriction was not possible currently due to high cases.

He said.

"As of giving relaxation is worried, the state government is issuing an order today permitting shops to remain open till 8 pm. However, where the number of cases is high, restrictions will be same as earlier,"

While announcing relaxations, the CM said that the Covid situation in all such districts, including Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindudurg, was a cause concern. He said he had asked district collectors to increase the number of tests and doctors to ensure people are protected.

When asked about allowing all people in local trains, he said that deciding on it in the first phase would be difficult. The government was slowly giving relaxation and going ahead by analyzing its effects and side-effects.

The chief minister also appealed to the private sector to split office timings to reduce the attendance in the premises at any one point of time and opt for work from home and work in the office turn by turn. He also asked the manufacturing sector and other business units to create bio-bubble for employees.

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