In the wake of the rise of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, after a partial lockdown, the Pune administration decided to impose night curfew.
According to the sources, the night curfew would begin from the 3rd of April and would continue for a week, the 10th of April. An official notification regarding the same was issued on the 2nd of April. Under the night curfew, bars, hotels and restaurants would remain closed for the next seven days in Pune.
Saurabh Rao, the Pune Divisional Commissioner issued the official notification which read, “Bars, hotels, restaurants remain closed for 7 days, only home delivery will be allowed. No public function, except funerals and weddings, will be allowed, while a maximum of 20 people in funerals and 50 at weddings. Order to come into effect from tomorrow.”
Saurabh Rao said the night curfew would be of 12 hours starting from 6:00 P.M., to 6:00 A.M. Mr. Rao said, “The situation will be reviewed again next Friday. Religious places will also be completely closed for the next seven days.”
Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar also hinted that some restrictions could be introduced in the city from today in view of rising Coronavirus cases. Maharashtra is the only State reporting nearly 40 % of the total cases of COVID-19 in India.
Kishori Pednekar said, “Cases are rising daily in Mumbai, this is a matter of concern. Due to the surge, a shortage of beds and ventilators is also being seen. We had been appealing to people since last March but they are showing carelessness.” She further said, “Nobody wants lockdown but keeping in mind the manner in which cases are rising and creating pressure on the health infrastructure, some strict measures will have to be taken.”
Meanwhile, in the past 24 hours, Maharashtra reported 43,183 new COVID-19 cases and 249 deaths, taking the total number of cases in the state to 28,56,163.
There were 3,66,533 active cases in the State till the 2nd of April.