The laws, which take effect today, include an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and a ban on groups of five or more at any time during the day.
The Maharashtra government has agreed to introduce a night curfew throughout the state from Monday, between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., due to an increase in coronavirus cases, according to NCP minister Nawab Malik.
Further guidelines and comprehensive SOPs are expected to be released by the state government soon.
According to The Times of India, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has promised that no sudden lockout will be enforced. “People will be consulted before restrictions are enforced, and there will be no immediate lockout in the state,” he said.
The laws, which take effect tomorrow, include an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and a ban on groups of five or more at any time during the day. According to NDTV, Maharashtra will also have a weekend lockdown every week from Friday at 8 p.m. to Monday at 7 a.m.
According to news agency ANI, Maharashtra’s cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh told reporters that restaurants and hotels would be permitted to provide only takeaway services, with no dine-in options. Theatres and multiplexes will be closed, but public transportation will run at 50% capacity.
He added that factories and manufacturing sectors, as well as vegetable markets, will operate under Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) and construction sites will operate if workers are accommodated.
“Theatres and drama theatres will be closed, but film and television productions will go on if there is no crowding. Parks and playgrounds will be closed as well “After the cabinet meeting, NCP leader Nawab Malik told reporters. Prohibitive orders issued under Section 144 would remain in place throughout the day, he said.
Religious establishments would be required to obey the SoPs, according to Malik, who also said that the public transportation system will remain operational.
The government would also enforce regulations to avoid overcrowding in vegetable markets. On weekends, all will be closed except for critical services.
According to The Indian Express, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that flights, trains, and buses would operate normally, but that there will be no overcrowding.
The announcement came after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray convened a cabinet meeting on Sunday to address the state’s condition, just two days after he said he couldn’t rule out a second lockdown to deal with the state’s coronavirus outbreak.
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