Maharashtra extends Covid lockdown till June 15: Here are the revised guidelines

The Maharashtra government on Sunday extended the Covid-induced lockdown in the state till June 15. The government said all districts showing a substantial decline in Covid-19 cases will see some relaxations.

The relaxations have been announced for areas with a positivity rate equal to or less than 10 per cent and with occupancy of oxygen beds less than 40 per cent.

Here are the revised lockdown guidelines.

Relaxations where Covid cases are low

– All essential shops that are currently allowed to operate between 7 am and 11 am may be allowed to operate between 7 am and 2 pm.

– Decision regarding opening of non-essential shops (standalone shops and not inside shopping centers/malls) with a time limit may be taken by the respective disaster danagement authorities (DMA). However, if these shops are allowed to function, their opening time shall not be beyond that allowed for essential shops. These shops shall also not be allowed to open on weekends.

– Delivery of non-essential items along with essential items through e-Commerce may be allowed in eligible districts.

– Post 3 pm, there shall be restrictions on movement except for medical and other emergencies, or for home deliveries allowed under the order dated May 12, 2021.

– All government offices, except those directly involved in Covid-19 work in the said districts can function with 25 per cent attendance. Respective disaster management authorities may allow more than this percentage of attendance on the request of the concerned Head of Department.

– For central and state government establishments in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai areas, these permissions shall be granted by Chief Secretary of State of Maharashtra.

Agriculture sector

Agriculture-related shops may remain open till 2 pm on weekdays. However, the respective DMA may extend this timing on weekdays or may allow for some period on weekends, taking into consideration the requirements of sowing season and in view of the impending monsoon.

Restrictions where Covid-19 cases are high

In case of areas where the positivity rate is more than 20 per cent or where occupancy of the oxygen beds available is more than 75 per cent, restrictions imposed on May 12 will be in place in addition to some new rules.

The district borders of such districts may be sealed and no influx or outflow of persons into or from the district may be allowed, except for these reasons:

– Death in the family

– Medical grounds

– Performing duty relating to any emergency

– Essential services related to Covid-19 management

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