Covid-19 surge: Maharashtra tightens curbs on office attendance, trip


The Maharashtra government on Wednesday capped attendance in offices at 15 per cent and restricted trip in suburban trains, metro and monorail to allow only government employees, medical staff and those seeking medical remedy.

Curbs have also been imposed on inter-city and inter district trip with restrictions on halts, thermal screening and 14-day quarantine requirements for passengers. The new restrictions issued on Wednesday evening, along with those already issued by the state government, will come into effect from Thursday night and will remain in force till May 1.

While members of the state Cabinet had demanded a total lockdown, the government has determined to retain private and public transport open for fundamental and emergency purposes only.

Private public transport, with the exception of busses, can ply only for emergency or fundamental services and products or legal reasons with driver and 50 per cent of the seating capacity. Inter-city or inter-district trip will be allowed only for fundamental purposes or medical emergency. Any violation will attract a fine of Rs 10,000.

Only 25 persons would be allowed to attend a marriage ceremony, which will want to be a unmarried two-hour event.

Final week, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced a 15-day curfew, closing down cinemas, malls and multiplexes. Restaurants were allowed to open for delivery only. Restrictions were imposed on manufacturing units, too.

Then again, these restrictions have not had the desired effect so far. Implementation, too, has not been rigorous, prompting ministers to seek tougher measures.

On Tuesday, the state government also determined to curtail timings of all provision stores, bakeries, and shops serving food items. These outlets will now remain open only for four hours (7-11 am). Home delivery will be allowed from these outlets till 8 pm.

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