Amusement parks to reopen as Covid-19 restrictions eased

Mumbai: As the Covid-19 cases decline in Maharashtra, the restrictions are eased. Amusement parks will now be reopen as well as relaxed timings of restaurants and shops, from today.

The decision to ease restrictions was taken at the meeting of the Maharashtra Covid-19 Task Force held by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday.

The order released by the Maharashtra government stated, “The state government has now allowed the reopening and functioning of various establishments in order to provide impetus to the economy. However, in order to prevent the transmission of the Covid-19, restrictions like regulating of time, scrupulous adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour, requirements of service providers as well as visitors to be fully vaccinated, restrictions on occupancy etc., have been imposed.”

Amusement parks will reopen with the permission given to the water rides. Cinema halls and auditoriums in Maharashtra will be allowed to open from October 22 on the condition that they follow all the protocols required to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As per the guidelines, the occupancy of the cinemas, theatres, multiplexes, or auditorium shall not be more than 50 per cent of the total seating capacity.

Moreover, Aarogya Setu app showing “safe” status shall be mandatory for all visitors in cinema halls/theatres.

Additionally, food and beverages will be allowed inside the screening hall. Purchased packaged food and beverages will be allowed only outside the screening hall.

According to the new order released by the state government, all restaurants and eateries may now remain open till 12 am while all other establishments may remain open till 11 pm.

The order issued by the chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, however, mentioned: “Local DDMA may restrict these timings further if so deemed fit due to any local requirements but shall not relax it further without the consent of SDMA.”

“We are slowly relaxing the restrictions and the number of patients seems to be decreasing. We are also reopening cinemas and theatres from October 22. There is a constant demand to extend the working hours of restaurants and shops,” the statement released by Maharashtra government quoted CM Uddhav Thackeray as saying.

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