Stating that the Government is determined to break the chain of coronavirus infections, Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced stricter curbs that will be introduced from Monday onwards.
In a statement, Tope has informed that all amusement parks, religious places, saloons, parlours, gyms, indoor game facilities will remain closed. While all political, cultural and social gathering will remain banned, cinema halls and theatres will also remain shut. Restaurants and bars will only be allowed to offer parcel services while e-commerce services will continue to run normally.
The Minister added that all shops, malls and markets will remain closed except for those selling essential commodities. All private offices will have to adopt work from home while government departments and banking and insurance sectors will continue to operate at 50 per cent staff capacity.
Housing societies having more than five active cases will be declared as a containment zone and any violation of rules will attract a fine of ten thousand rupees. Gardens and open spaces will remain open while film and television shootings will continue with production houses ensuring vaccination and COVID appropriate behaviour in respect of their staff.
He said that weekend curfew will be enforced to ensure that people do not venture out of their homes, adding that night curfew will continue between 8 PM and 7 AM daily. The Minister said that all these curbs will remain in place till 30th April.