On the 29th of June, the Maharashtra Government announced an extension in the lockdown till the 31st of July.
Uddhav Thackeray, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, took the decision in the wake of the increasing number of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
The State Government said, “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.”
The extended lockdown would be imposed from the 1st of July with some relaxation.
Among the relaxations allowed, all Government offices with certain exceptions like emergency, health and medical, treasuries, disaster management, police to function with 15% strength whereas, all private offices are allowed to operate with 10% strength. In addition,Intra district bus services would be allowed with 50% staff.
All essential shops which are allowed to remain open, whereas non essential shops would be allowed as per guidelines issued on the 31st of May and the 4th of June under Unlock 1.0.
All non essential markets, market areas and shops except malls and market complexes are allowed to open from 9:00 A.M., to 5:00 P.M.
Liquor shops could operate if permitted, home delivery. Barber shops, spas, saloons, beauty parlors with conditions as permitted by the State Government.
E-commerce activity for essential as well as non-essential items and materials would be working.
Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest-control and technicians are also allowed.
Garages to mend vehicles and workshops with prior appointments are permitted.
Marriage related gatherings on open spaces, lawns, non AC halls are permitted with limited 50 people gathering.
Printing and distribution of newspapers (including home delivery) are also allowed.
The inter-district movement of persons within the area of Municipal Corporations under the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) for the essential activities and the office purposes. For shopping purposes people are expected to use only nearby / neighbourhood markets only. Long distance travel for non-essential items will not be permitted.
All the industrial units which are presently open will continue to operate. All public and private construction sites, which are allowed to remain open and operational would continue their function.
Restrictions are imposed on movement of private vehicles with limited people.
Taxi/Cab: One driver with two passengers
Rickshaw: One plus two passengers
Four-wheeler: Driver with two more people
Two-wheeler: One rider and one passenger
These restrictions were imposed due to the increasing number of the Novel Coronavirus cases in the State.
The State is on top in terms of the Novel Coronavirus cases.
Maharashtra has a total of 1,64,626 positive cases. Out of the total, 70,607 are active cases, 86,575 are recovered/discharged cases and 7,429 deceased cases.
Stay tuned for further updates.