Section 144 in Mumbai: Does anything change? All you need to know

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
Sep 17, 2020 10:47 PM IST

The re-imposition of Section 144 in Mumbai effectively doesn’t change anything, it has been clarified.

Mumbai Police on Thursday reimposed Section 144 in the city from midnight to September end, triggering concerns of whether the maximum city is at the threshold of a second Covid-19 wave. The ministry of home affairs has already dismissed rumours that India might impose a strict lockdown from September 25 in the wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases being reported daily.

The new order does not mean new restrictions, the government has clarified.(PTI)
The new order does not mean new restrictions, the government has clarified.(PTI)

The re-imposition of Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people in an area, effectively doesn’t change anything, it has been clarified.

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Here is all you need to know

1. The order is an extension of the existing order. Section 144 was already imposed in Mumbai. No additional restriction has been added.

2. Exemptions which have already been granted will continue.

3. Movement and gathering of people are prohibited except for listed emergency and non-emergency services, as it was there.

4. Existing restrictions in containment zones will continue.

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5. “Whereas Mumbai city continues to be threatened with the spread of Covid-19, it is considered expedient to issue prohibitory order for restricting any presence or movement of one or more persons in public places or gathering of any sort anywhere, including religious places to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 virus in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai,” the order said.

6. WhatsApp messages started circulating leading to panic over new restrictions. Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray took to Twitter and clarified no new restrictions have been imposed.

7. The Covid-19 situation of Maharashtra was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Maharashtra has contributed 40 per cent of the Covid-19 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.

8. Mumbai recorded 2,411 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 178,385.

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