Pune Re-Lockdown: Dos and Don’ts

In a  bid to intensify its response against the Coronavirus pandemic, Pune started a two-phased lockdown from today, July 13 which will last till July 23. The lockdown is of 10 days, however, as per officials, the first five days will be very strict.

Pune Re-Lockdown

In an order by the Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, many relaxations that were allowed have now been retracted and a new set of restrictions have been imposed.

  • For the first five days, no grocery stores, retail and wholesale stores will be allowed to stay functional, from July 14 to July 18.

  • The shops and wholesalers selling groceries, milk, vegetables, fruits and other essentials will be allowed to remain open from July 19 to July 23 between 8 am and 12 pm. However, the online food delivery portals will stay defunct till the lockdown ends viz July 23.

  • Vegetable and fruit markets and loading areas will not be allowed to operate till July 18 via in the first five days of the lockdown. Whereas, form July 19 to July 23 the markets will and the loading areas will be allowed to function between 8 am to 12 pm.

  • Similarly, as that of vegetables and fruit markets, shops selling meat and eggs will remain closed in first five days of the lockdown and then till July 23 will be allowed to open from 8 am to 12 pm.

  • Government offices can function with 10 percent staff and IT companies have been allowed to operate with 15 percent staff. Moreover, e-commerce deliveries will be allowed to resume functions from July 19 and Banks will function with minimum manpower. Newspaper printing and delivery has been allowed from 6 am to 9 am.

  • During the lockdown, petrol pumps are allowed to remain operational from 9 am to 2 pm daily for only for those in essential services.

  • In the lockdown period, the intercity and inter-district supply chain for industries will remain unaffected. However, MIDC employees will have to obtain passes for travelling.

  • Nurses and helpers for senior citizens and the needy can work. However, all private offices will remain closed.

  • Public and private parks, gardens, and playgrounds will remain completely shut and people will not be allowed to move out for morning walks and evening walks. Moreover, the political, religious, entertainment or sports activities will not be allowed and places of worship will remain shut.

  • Lodges, hotels (except those used for the Vande Bharat mission), restaurants and bars, resorts, malls, and markets, will not be allowed to function. All salons, beauty parlours, and spas will remain closed for the lockdown period. Schools, colleges, educational institutes and tuitions will remain shut.

  • Private two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers will not be allowed without prior permission. However, those travelling to railway stations or airports, or for medical emergencies. Further, public transport and private bus services, trucks, tractors and all goods vehicles will not be allowed, except those providing essential services, including the PMC, police and medical services.

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  • Moreover, construction work will only be allowed for those with sites where the labourers are staying at the site.

  • All theatres, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment facilities and marriage halls will remain shut. Wedding halls which have been booked prior to the order can be allowed to function with no more than 20 people in the gathering.

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