Maharashtra Government extends lockdown in the state till 31st July with Restricted Travelling Read Order
The Maharashtra government on Monday released fresh guidelines extending the coronavirus lockdown in the state till July 31. The major aspect underlined in the order is that all non-essential activity including shopping is restricted to neighbourhood areas only in the whole state. The order comes a day after Mumbai police set a restriction of 2 kilometres for non-essential travel in the city.
The order empowers local authorities to employ stricter measures in specific localities. For the past 2 weeks, this was being implemented partially in many areas in MMR. The northern suburbs of Malad, Borivali, for example, saw a stricter implementation of lockdown in containment zones and areas abutting containment zones.
“Concerned District Collector and Commissioners of the Municipal Corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of persons to control Covid-19,” the Maharashtra Government said.
During this lockdown period, all government offices with certain exceptions like emergency, health and medical, treasuries, disaster management, police will function with 15% strength or 15 people, whichever is higher. All private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people, whichever is more.
The unlock process, dubbed Mission Begin Again by the state government, is being gradually implemented to put the economy back on track, Thackeray said in his address.
“The state has now started the unlock process under the Mission Begin Again. There will be some restrictions even after June 30, but eventually more and more relaxations will be offered to the people,” he said.
With Sunday’s 156 fatalities, the state death toll climbed from 7,273 to 7,429 and total cases zoomed to 1,64,626 till date, both being the highest in the country.
This comes to roughly one death recorded every 9 minutes and a staggering 229 new cases notched every hour in the state.