BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: After Karnataka government decided to implement full lockdown on Sundays from July 5 onwards and revise the night curfew timings to 8 pm to 5 am, from the earlier 9 to 5 timings, the Maharashtra government has extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31 amid a steady growth in the COVID-19 numbers in the state.
Maharashtra reported 5,257 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the state to 1,64,626. 17 new coronavirus positive cases and one death were reported from Dharavi area of Mumbai today, taking the total number of cases in the slum to to 2,262 and toll to 82. There are 598 active cases now, reports ANI quoting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The government issued fresh guidelines for what is now being called ‘Mission Begin Again’. The movement for non-essential activities will be restricted within the neighbourhoods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
During the lockdown, non-essential markets, market areas and shops except malls and market complexes will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm. The inter-district movement of persons within the area of Municipal Corporations under the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) for the essential activities and the office purposes. For shopping purposes people are expected to use only nearby / neighbourhood markets only. Long distance travel for non-essential items will not be permitted.
Till July 31, marriage-related gatherings are also allowed on open spaces, lawns and one can book non-AC halls for such purposes. E-commerce activity for essential as well as non-essential items and materials are allowed.
“It is further directed that the movement of persons for the purposes of non-essential activities like shopping and the outdoor exercises, shall be restricted within the neighbourhood area limits with all necessary prescribed mandatory precautions of wearing masks, social distancing and personal hygiene,” a statement read.
“It is also directed that unrestricted movement will be permitted only for attending place of work and bonafide humanitarian requirement including medical reason”.
“All Government offices (excluding Emergency, health and Medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, NIC, food and Civil Supply, FCI, NYK, Municipal Services) to function with 15% strength or 15 persons – whichever is higher,” it said.
Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest control, garages, printing and distribution of newspapers (including home delivery), and barber shops have also been allowed in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
Meanwhile, social media was flooded with Mumbai’s traffic jam photographs especially near the city exits, as the police created multiple checkpoints to strictly enforce the 2-km-radius travel restriction applicable for all, barring office goers. The Mumbai Police said people had nothing to fear if they were wearing masks or if they were in their cars.