Mumbai, Nagpur, Amravati: New restrictions as Covid-19 surge continues
Lockdown, weekend lockdown make a comeback in Maharashtra as districts impose fresh restrictions, ask schools, college to close till further notice.
As the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra has become worrying at a time when the overall pandemic situation in the country is in control, several districts have reimposed fresh restrictions. With this, lockdown, weekend lockdown, night curfew are reappearing. Here is the list of new restrictions in place.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is not mulling lockdown at this moment. But on Thursday, the civic body has released a set of stringent rules.
> Residential buildings with more than five active Covid-19 cases will be sealed.
> Those who will be found flouting Covid-19 rules will be prosecuted.
> Travellers coming to Mumbai from Brazil will have to remain under seven-day institutional quarantine.
> Those who are supposed to be home quarantine will be stamped so that they can't flout quarantine rules.
> 300 marshals deployed at Mumbai locals to take action against passengers travelling without masks.
> Regular inspection at halls, wedding venues to check whether Covid-19 norms are being maintained at these gatherings.
Weekend lockdown will begin at Amravati and Akola from 8pm on Saturday and will go on till 7am on Monday. This is to check crowding at market places during this weekend. Apart from emergency services, everything else will remain closed. The lockdown order is only for this weekend as the authorities will take the next steps after seeing Covid-19 situation next week.
A 10-day lockdown has already started from Thursday night. Around 500 tests will be conducted per day in Yavatmal, Pandharkawada and Pusa.
Schools and colleges will remain closed until further notice.
No religious functions will be allowed and weddings can be held only with 50 guests.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation has imposed a 50 per cent restriction capacity on wedding halls and said that only 20 people will be allowed in funerals. Like in Mumbai, buildings with more than five Covid-19 cases will be sealed and people under home quarantine would be stamped on their hands.
Markets will close by 7pm and eateries are allowed to operate only till 9pm.
To impose complete lockdown, district authorities will need permission from the Centre as the Centre in its series of unlocking guidelines emphasised more on reopening in a controlled manner. Hence, these fresh orders are not being called lockdowns.
The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is seeing a sudden uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases. Out of 11 districts in the region, the five worst-hit are Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana and Washim.