COVID-19 restrictions curbed in various districts of Maharashtra from today. Non-essentials to get some relaxation. However, CM Uddhav Thackery advises people to follow all the precautions. If congestion continues; he will re-impose the restrictions. Traffic jams are the major point of concern. Government asks people to go out only when necessary.
Maharashtra Begins the Unlock Phase
Maharashtra curbs restrictions in over 20 districts. These include Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur, Aurangabad, etc. CM Uddhav Thackrey has further extended the lockdown till June 15. Even though, some restrictions are eased from today. This comes after the positivity rate in several cities has declined. Moreover, the occupancy of oxygen beds has also decreased. The state witnessed 15,000 fresh cases on Monday.
What are the New Guidelines and Protocols?
Earlier, all essential shops; were supposed to remain open from 7 AM-11 AM. But now they can remain open from 7 AM-2 PM. Meanwhile, CM Thackrey emphasized the traffic jams. He has warned people, to re-impose the restrictions; if congestion occurs. Restrictions are eased in districts with less than a 10% COVID-19 positivity rate. Almost 22 districts have less than a 10% positivity rate. Maharashtra was the worst-hit COVID-19 state. But now, things seem to get back on track.
After 3 pm, only medical shops are allowed to remain open. Home delivery services will operate 24×7. A decision, on the reopening of non-essentials; is awaited. The disaster management authorities will take the decision. Most probably, they’ll get permission to operate on weekends. On the other hand, E-commerce is permitted in all districts. Government offices will operate with 25% attendance. Agriculture-related shops; will remain open up to 2 PM on weekdays.
What is the Situation in Other Districts?
Districts with more than a 20% positivity rate will still bear the restrictions. Their borders are sealed. No influx and outflow of persons are allowed. Only essentials will remain open. Such districts are 10 in number. Henceforth, they will not receive any relaxation. Pune is an exception. Even though if it has more than a 10% positivity rate; it fits the relaxation criteria. Maharashtra has begun its unlock phase.