Maharashtra goes for weekend lockdown as its Covid-19 cases mount
Maharashtra has decided to impose weekend lockdown from next week between Friday (8 p.m) and Monday (7 am) while there would be night curfew from 8 p.m to 7 a.m.
This was announced by Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Sunday. "From Monday 8 PM, strict curbs will be imposed across Maharashtra and lockdown will be imposed on weekends - with only essential services functional.
Section 144 will be imposed, all shopping malls, bars, restaurants,small shops will be open only for take-aways and parcels during night curfew.
Government offices will be allowed to function only at 50 per cent of their capacity, Industries and production sector, vegetable markets will function with Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and construction sites will operate if there is an accommodation facility for workers. No curbs in construction activties and markets".
Theatres, drama theatres will be shut, while film and television shootings will continue if there is no crowding. Parks and playgrounds will also be closed, he said. Religious places will have to follow the SoPs, Malik said, adding that that public transport system would remain functional.
Maharashtra has seen its highest-ever peak on Saturday clocking over 49,000 COVID cases in 24 hours, with Mumbai alone clocking over 9000 cases.
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