Thursday, 20 January 2022

Maharashtra to Have New Covid Rules from 10th January

Maharashtra to Have New Covid Rules from 10th January

With the surge in the number of daily new Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state has laid down a fresh set of guidelines to rein in the spread of the virus.

Maharashtra has clocked 41,434 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday -- marginally higher than Friday -- as the highly infectious Omicron variant continued its rampage through the country.

The state health department had earlier said a lockdown would be considered when the demand for medical oxygen crosses 800 metric tonnes each day or over 40% of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients are occupied.

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Check what is allowed and what will remain prohibited in Maharashtra:

  • The Maharashtra govt has restricted movement in public in groups of five or more than 5 in the morning to 11 pm, effective 10th January midnight.
  • Further, a government circular said that no movement would be allowed in public from 11 pm to 5 am except for essential services.
  • Colleges and Schools will be closed till 15th February except for activities required to be undertaken for classes 10 and 12 students and administrative activities of teachers, it said.
  • No visitors will be allowed at govt offices except with written permission from office heads. Online interaction facilities will be given to people through video conferences.
  • Government offices should select for work from home, and working hours should be staggered if work from the office is required.
  • Private offices have also been asked to justify the number of employees coming to work by allowing work from home and staggering working hours.
  • Attendance at marriages and social, religious, cultural, or political gatherings will be capped at 50. At funerals, not more than 20 persons can remain present.
  • Hair-cutting salons, beauty salons, and gyms will function at 50% capacity.
  • Sporting events would be deferred, except national and international-level competitions already scheduled. But such events would occur without spectators and create a bio- bubble for players and officials. The circular said that RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests would be mandatory for players and officials every third day of the tournament or event.
  • Entertainment parks, zoos, museums, forts, and other ticketed places for the public will be closed.
  • Shopping malls and market complexes can operate at 50% capacity, and information about the present number of visitors should be displayed on the noticeboard.
  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter malls and shopping complexes, and these establishments will be closed after 10 pm.
  • Eateries and Restaurants will also function at 50% capacity, and the present number of visitors will be displayed on the board. They too can remain open till 10 pm.
  • Drama halls and Cinema theatres will also function at 50% capacity. Public transport will be only permitted for fully vaccinated citizens.
  • Competitive exams, where hall tickets have been provided, will be held as per the central government guidelines. The circular said that all other future exams would be conducted only after receiving permission from the State Disaster Management Authority.

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