Maharashtra Govt imposes curbs to prevent COVID-19 infection surge

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackrey

The Government of Maharashtra, on April 4, imposed curbs state-wide, weekend lockdowns, stricter night curfew, and more in a strong move against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions imposed by the state government will remain in effect till April 30, 2021.

Curbs and restrictions in the stateChief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackrey

  • All the non-essential shops in malls and markets will remain shut.

  • Movie theatres, amusement parks, water parks will also be closed.

  • For all religious places, only the priests are allowed to enter for daily rituals, no public assembly is allowed.

  • Salons, spa and beauty parlours will remain closed.

  • Dine-in restaurants, eatery houses are also ordered to be shut.

  • The government has asked private companies to switch to the work from home model.

  • All schools and colleges have been ordered to be shut except for Class 10 and 12 examinations.

  • Operation of public transport including buses, auto-rickshaws, trains and flights is allowed. However, buses, autos and taxis have been ordered to operate at 50 per cent capacity. Also, no standing passengers are allowed in buses and long-distance trains.

  • Government offices are asked to operate with 50 per cent staff.

  • Parks, beaches, gardens will remain shut from 8 pm to 7 am. Also, local administration can further restrict timings if in case needed.

  • For wedding functions, only 50 guests at maximum are allowed to attend the function.

  • Whereas, the cap is placed at a maximum of 20 attendants for funerals.

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These will remain functional

  • Stores and shops selling essential commodities and emergency services will remain open.

  • Public health, medical education and other such departments dealing in essential services have been given a green card to operate with full capacity.

  • Home deliveries and takeaway are allowed for restaurants and eateries.

  • Those private companies operating in essential sectors such as banks, stock market, insurance, telecom, electricity supply and water supply are also allowed to remain functional completely.

  • E-commerce services will remain to work unhindered.

  • Printing and distribution of newspapers have also been allowed by the state government.

  • Domestic aides have been deemed essential services, hence are allowed to remain open.

As per recent government figures, Maharashtra recorded 57,074 COVID-19 cases on April 4. It is considered the highest for a single day.