Maharashtra Extends Covid Lockdown-like Curbs till June 15

The Maharashtra government extended lockdown-like curbs till June 15. “While there has been a dip in the Covid 19 numbers. Last time the peak was after festivals and this time the peak is before festivals. It is important to understand that even though patient numbers are dropping, we are still at the levels of last year's peak,” chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said while addressing the state virtually on Sunday.

According to the fresh guidelines issued by the state government, districts where the positivity rate is equal or less than 10% and the occupancy of oxygen beds available is less than 40 %, “shops under essential service previously allowed to be operate between only between 7am and 11 am, will now be allowed to operate between 7am and 2pm. Standalone shops engaged in non-essential items can be opened depending on the permission by the district management authority. These shops will follow the same timings as those permitted under essential services”.

Delivery of non-essential items along with essential items will be allowed through e-commerce in such districts.

However, post 3pm there shall be restriction on movement except for medical emergencies or home deliveries.

In these districts, government offices except for those involved for corona work can function with 25% attendance. Agriculture sector related shops may remain open till 2pm on weekdays or during some period on weekends depending on the decisions taken by the local administration. In districts where the positivity rate is more than 20 % or where the occupancy of oxygen beds available is more than 70 %, district borders will be sealed.

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