Maharashtra Government Extends Lockdown Till July 31 Amid Spike in Covid-19 Cases

Maharashtra government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown till July 31 and has laid out new impositions to deal with the worrying numbers of Coronavirus cases. According to the new regulations, officials will ensure that restrictions on non-essential activities are imposed, especially at Covid-19 hotspots along with necessary measures in place for phase-wise easing and opening of lockdown going forward. In a detailed guideline about the same, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took to Twitter reinstate new strategy under ‘Mission Begin Again.’

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The official handle of CMO laid out and highlighted that ‘concerned District Collector and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control Covid-19.’ It is also clarified that unrestricted movement will only be allowed for attending offices but it doesn’t come without stipulations. Reportedly, ‘All Govt offices with certain exceptions like emergency, health & medical, treasuries, disaster management, police to function with 15% strength or 15 persons whichever is higher. All private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people whichever is more.’

Well, the good thing is e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items, all industrial units which are presently operational and home delivery of food will be allowed. However, all shops for essential and non-essential commodities, except malls and market complexes, will be allowed to open from 9 am to 5 pm. Also, intra-district bus service will be allowed with maximum 50% capacity per bus although proper sanitation has to be in place, fortified with physical distancing.

This comes after a day of CM Uddhav’s Thackeray urge to practise caution and follow rules in the state due to the growth in the tally of positive cases despite rapid testing and progress in the recovery rate. The head of the state had even warned about re-imposition of the lockdown. And now, that’s out of the bag, the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government has stated that it will provide further easing under the mission only in due course to aid the struggling economy.

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