Maharashtra Government Extends Lockdown Till 30 June

The state government term the unfolding as “Mission Begin Again,” that start from morning exercises and continue till night curfew


MUMBAI| Maharashtra the most populous state in India with more than 62,000 coronavirus cases in India. Following the numbers in the state, a detailed plan for easing the lockdown would begin in the state from June 3. The state will unfold in three phases until June 8.

The further decision will be depending on the ground situation. The state government term the unfolding as “Mission Begin Again,” that start from morning exercises and continue till night curfew.

The MVA state it very clear that the rules will operate only in non-containment zones, which have minimum cases of coronavirus.

The centre has left room for the considerable relaxation, to be allowed at the discretion of the state governments.

The new guidelines, in-state allows outdoor activities like cycling, jogging, walking and running in public areas in the neighbourhood.

The order read, “People are actively encouraged to use cycling as a form of physical exercise as it automatically ensures social distancing.”

Self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, technicians, pest control and others will be allowed to ply their trade.

All government offices will be able to function with 15 % strength, the order said as per of phase 1 of the “Mission Begin Again” which comes into effect on June 3.

From June 5, standalone markets and shops will be permitted to open on the odd-even basis. Taxis, rickshaws and cab aggregators will be permitted to ply with two passengers instead of one.

In the third phase, from June 8, will allow the opening of private offices with 10 per cent strength. For now, only travel within any district will be allowed, with the buses operating on 50% capacity to ensure social distancing.

The state government has not allowed the bar on religious places, schools and other educational institutes, metro rail service, local trains, cinema halls, gyms, malls and market complexes, beauty salons and restaurants. CM of State Uddhav Thackeray made it clear that Maharashtra will take very careful steps while emerging from the lockdown, to prevent any setback.

Yesterday evening, Mr Thackeray and Sharad Pawar, the chief of ally Nationalist Congress Party, had a 40-minute meeting to chalk out a roadmap for lifting the lockdown. Mr Pawar has repeatedly advocated allowing economic activities in the state albeit in a cautious manner.

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