The Maharashtra government has decided to continue with the Level 3 Covid restrictions in 11 districts of the state. The districts include Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Beed, Raigad and Palghar.
In addition to this, the government has given the Disaster Management Authority of Mumbai, Mumbai suburban and Thane districts the discretion to decide on the restrictions that are currently in place in the areas.
Apart from these 14 districts, all the other areas will see strict restrictions easing from tomorrow. As per the government notification, all non-essential shops will now be able to stay open till 8 pm instead of 4 pm on all weekdays.
Check other relaxations:
- All essential and non-essential shops (including shopping malls) to remain open on all weekdays till 8 PM and till 3 PM on Saturday. All shops and malls except essential shops to remain closed on Sundays.
- All Public Gardens and playgrounds can be kept open for the purpose of exercising, walking, jogging and cycling.
- All government and private offices can be operational with full capacity. Staggering of work hours to be done to avoid crowds while travelling.
- The offices that can function through work from home should continue to do so.
- All agricultural activity, civil works, industrial activity, transport of goods can remain functional at full capacity.
- Gymnasiums, yoga centres, hair cutting salons, beauty parlours, spas can remain open without the use of air-conditioners and with 50% capacity till 8 pm on weekdays and till 3 pm on Saturdays. The establishments will remain closed on Sundays.
- All restaurants will remain open with 50% seating capacity till 4 pm on weekdays, in adherence with all Covid-19 protocols. Parcel and takeaway services to continue as usual.
- All cinema theatres, drama theatres and multiplexes (independent and inside malls) to remain closed till further orders.
- All places of worship in the state to remain closed till further orders.
- In order to avoid crowding, restrictions imposed on birthday celebrations, political, social and cultural events, elections, election campaigning, rallies, protest marches to be continued.
- Restrictions on movement will be applicable from 9 pm to 5 am.
Covid situation in state
The new guidelines come in the backdrop of Maharashtra reporting 4,869 fresh Covid-19 cases and 90 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 63,15,063 and the toll to 1,33,038 on Monday.
As many as 8,429 patients recovered, leaving the state with 75,303 active cases with a recovery rate of 96.65%. The case fatality rate is 2.1%, it said.
Mumbai reported 259 new cases and nine deaths, which raised the overall case-load to 7,35,366 and the count of fatalities to 15,908.
Nashik division saw 829 new cases, including 739 cases in the Ahmednagar district. Pune division reported 1,574 cases during the day, including 621 in Satara, 413 in Solapur and 260 in Pune districts. Kolhapur division added 1,399 fresh cases, including 359 from the Kolhapur district.
Aurangabad division reported 49 cases, Latur division 255, including 166 in the Beed district, 26 in the Akola division and seven in the Nagpur division.
Akola, Hingoli, Nandurbar, Wardha, Bhandara, and Gondia districts did not report a single Covid-19 case on Monday.
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