#WeekendLockdown: The laws include an 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, a ban on groups of five or more during the day, the closure of malls, restaurants, and bars, and the acceptance of home delivery and critical utilities.
The Maharashtra government declared new restrictions on Sunday, including a night curfew and a weekend “strict lockout” from Friday 8 p.m. to Monday 7 a.m., in response to an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases.<
The laws, which take effect tomorrow, include a curfew from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., a ban on groups of five or more during the day, the closure of malls, restaurants, bars, and places of worship, and the allowance of home delivery and critical services.
Industrial and development activities will be permitted. Vegetable markets will be subjected to new regulations aimed at reducing overcrowding.
Filming will be permitted without crowds, but cinemas will be closed.
On weekends, all will be closed except for critical services.
There will be no additional traffic controls, but public transportation will operate at 50% capacity.
The decisions were made after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray convened a cabinet meeting to address the situation on Sunday, two days after he said a second lockdown to contain the state’s coronavirus outbreak could not be ruled out.
On Saturday, Maharashtra reported nearly 50,000 new cases, accounting for roughly 60% of all cases reported across the country. The state registered about 48,000 cases on Friday.
On Sunday, the state capital Mumbai recorded over 11,000 cases, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic started in December. Over 9,000 new cases were registered in the city on Saturday.
<Pune, one of the state’s largest cities, has also registered alarming statistics; on Friday, the district administration imposed a 12-hour night curfew and ordered the closure of shopping malls, religious sites, hotels and bars, as well as public buses, for a week.
Maharashtra has eight of the top ten worst-affected districts in India, according to the centre.
Because of the high number of cases and disproportionate number of deaths, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office said central teams of public health experts and clinicians would be sent to Maharashtra, Punjab, and Chhattisgarh following a high-level meeting on Sunday.
Over the last 14 days, Maharashtra has contributed 57% of all cases and 47% of all deaths in the region, and the state’s medical infrastructure, which has already been tested by earlier waves of infections, is now under even more strain.