With the rapid uncontrolled spread of coronavirus in Maharashtra, the state government was compelled to announce strict restrictions that included a lockdown in weekends and night curfews to curb the spike.
What are the new restrictions in the Maharashtra Lockdown?
- The new rules state that a night curfew would be imposed across the state from 8 pm to 7 am and a weekend lockdown will be in place from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday.
-These restrictions, which are valid from April 5th, 2021, also involve a ban on gatherings of five or more people throughout the day with the imposition of Section 144.
Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai said, "Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC will come into effect in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai, from 8 pm on April 5 to 11:59 pm on April 30 unless withdrawn earlier."
-Takeaways and parcels are allowed in shopping malls, bars, restaurants, and other eateries will be open only for take-aways and parcels. Further, shops providing essential services, even those inside malls can function.
-While government offices will be allowed to function with only 50 per cent staff, private ones have been asked to shift to the work-from-home model.
-Religious places, gymnasiums, amusement parks, indoor sports complexes, parks, playgrounds, beaches, salons, and beauty parlors will remain shut to avoid public gatherings.
- Political rallies have been banned, and cinema and drama theatres also remain closed. However, film and television shoots are permitted if they adhere to all the precautions and social distancing norms.
-Except for conducting Class 10 and 12 exams, schools and colleges will remain closed and all private classes will be shut.
-E-commerce and industrial operations, construction activities, and farming have been given the approval to function. The government has also asked the manufacturing sector, including the oxygen-dependent industries to cut down on operation and divert the oxygen towards hospitals.
-Societies with five or more Covid cases will be declared containment zones and breaching of norms will lead to fines of up to Rs 10,000.
“We want a complete lockdown on weekends so that everyone stays at home and the chain of transmission is broken. Our slogan is breaking the chain and stopping the infection from spreading further,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.
What essential services are allowed to function in Maharashtra?
Essential services include hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics, Medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, other medical and health services; groceries, vegetable shops, dairies, bakeries, confectioneries, food shops; public transport, including trains, taxis, autos and public buses; services related to the functioning of offices of diplomats of various countries; pre-monsoon activities by local authorities; all public services by local authorities; transport of goods and agriculture-related activities; e-commerce; accredited media; and services designated as essential by local disaster management authorities. Newspaper distribution will also be allowed as essential services.
Maharashtra lockdown rules for public transport
Although no new restrictions have been imposed on flights and trains, there will some restrictions on public transport. Autorickshaws can carry two passengers plus the driver, and taxis can have a driver plus 50% of vehicle capacity. Buses are allowed to travel with full seating capacity but no, standing people allowed. Any individual who is not wearing masks in the required manner will be fined Rs 500. It is important to also note that in a Taxi if any one person is caught not wearing a mask, the offender and the driver of the taxi both will be fined Rs. 500 each. All vehicles are required to be sanitized after every trip.