COVID-19: Maharashtra Government extends lockdown till June 15
On Sunday, CM of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray announced that the lockdown will be extended in the state for 15 days.
On Sunday, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray addressed the nation and announced that the lockdown restrictions that were set to end at 7 am on June 1 has been extended in the state for more 15 days. However, certain restrictions have been relaxed.
CM said that coronavirus cases rising in some districts of Maharashtra. “We are putting in place restrictions and not a strict lockdown. There are a few districts in Maharashtra where numbers are going high, especially in rural areas. We need to control this,” said Uddhav.
Here is a list of new restrictions imposed in Maharashtra:
- All essential shops that are currently allowed to operate between 7-11 am may be allowed to operate between 7 am to 2 pm.
- In the case of all non-essential shops (stand-alone shops and not inside shopping centers/malls), the decision regarding the allowing of the opening of such shops along with the time limit for the functioning of the same way may be taken by respective Disaster Management authorities. These, if allowed to open, however, shall not be opened beyond that allowed for essential shops and shall not be allowed to open on weekends
- Non-essential commodities through e-commerce may be allowed in such districts.
- There shall be restrictions on movement, post 3 PM except for medical and other emergencies, or for home deliveries allowed under the order dated May 12, 2021.
- All Government offices, except those involved directly for corona work in the said districts, can function with 25% attendance.
- Agriculture sector-related shops may remain open till 2 PM on weekdays. However, timings may extend on weekdays or may allow for some period on weekends, taking into consideration, the requirements of sowing season and in view of impending monsoon.
- No restrictions for cargo movements and deliveries to shops/establishments. No serving of any customers beyond permitted times over the counter.
- Home deliveries are allowed during the period permitted by DMA and must be encouraged by considering permitting for longer periods.
Maharashtra CM said the state will decide soon about class 12 exams. He urged the Centre to come up uniform policy for class 12 students.
CM also said that 3000 cases of black fungus (mucormycosis) have been reported in the state, so far. “Can’t say when will coronavirus third wave come; we shouldn’t let our guard down,” Uddhav said.