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Maharashtra govt issues stricter Covid curbs, here's what's allowed, what's not

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A huge rush at the vegetable market at Dadar as Maha govt restricts shop and vendors to open between 7 Am To 11 PM to contain the COVID-19, in Mumbai.

  • A fresh set of restrictions will be imposed in the state from 8 pm on 22 April till 7 am on 1 May

Amid a huge surge in coronavirus cases despite the state govt imposing partial curbs, the Maharashtra government has decided to impose stricter restrictions in the Covid-hit state on Wednesday.

Amid a huge surge in coronavirus cases despite the state govt imposing partial curbs, the Maharashtra government has decided to impose stricter restrictions in the Covid-hit state on Wednesday.

Contrary to expectation, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray didn't announce the new restrictions himself, unlike last time. The government notification also did not use the world 'lockdown'.

Contrary to expectation, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray didn't announce the new restrictions himself, unlike last time. The government notification also did not use the world 'lockdown'.

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The new restrictions under the government's 'Break- the-Chain' programme will come into effect from tomorrow at 8 pm and will remain effective till 7 am on 1 May, the notification read.

The fresh set of restrictions include allowing not over 15% attendance in government and private offices, capping wedding guests at 25 and reserving use of public transport for government personnel, medical professionals or those in need of medical treatment.

Take a look at the guidelines here:

1. Office Attendance

a. All Government Offices (State, Central, under local authority) to operate only with 15 % attendance except for emergency services directly connected to management of COVID 19 pandemic.

i. In the case of Mantralaya and Central Government offices in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the Head of the Department can decide for higher attendance after seeking permission for the same from the CEO of the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority.

ii. In case of other government offices, the Head of the Office can decide for higher attendance after seeing permission for the same from local Disaster Management Authority.

b. For all other offices mentioned under Section 5 of Break the Chain Order dated 13th April, 202 1, they should function only with 15% of their total attendance or 5 people whichever is more.

c. For all the office works required for essential services mentioned in Section 2 of Break the Chain Order dated 13th April, 2021, should work at lowest required capacity for the same and in no case exceed 50%. Attendance of personnel actually delivering the essential services on the ground should also be minimised but can be extended up to 100% as per the requirements.

2. Marriage ceremony

The marriage ceremony may be conducted only as a single event in a single hall not extending beyond 2 hours with maximum of total 25 persons attending the same. Any family seen to be flaunting the restraints or not following these in letter and spirit may be fined 50000/-, and any location that is misused or is defaulting in spirit of the restrictions shall be closed till promulgation of Covid 19 as a disaster remains in force.

3. Private Passenger Transport

a. Private Passenger transport excluding buses can ply only for emergency or essential services or valid reasons with driver plus 50% of the seating capacity. These are not expected to be inter-district or inter-city and should be confined to the citY of residence of the travellers. Inter-district or inter-city travel is allowed only if required for performing an essential service or in case of medical emergencies or attending unavoidable events like funerals or severe sickness of family. Anyone flouting the order in letter or spirit shall be punishable by fine of 10000/-.

b. Private buses can ply with 50% of seating capacity with no standing travellers.

c. Inter-city or inter-district travel by private buses shall be subject to following controls:

i. Bus service operator must restrict the stoppages to maximum two in a city and shall inform local DMA about the same and the schedule. Local DMA may ask to change these if so desired.

ii. At the stoppages where passengers are alighting all passengers shall be stamped on the hand for 14 days home quarantine. This stamping must be done by the operator.

iii. Thermal scanners shall be used and anyone with symptoms shall be moved to corona care centres or to a hospital.

iv. Local DMA may decide to do the RAT test at the alighting point by appointing one of the authorised labs to give these services. Cost of the test, if so decided shall be borne by the passenger/ service provider.

v. If any operator is found to be flouting these guidelines, then DMA may levy a fine of 10000/-. Repeated defaults will lead to cancellation of license to operate till end of notification of COVID 19 as a pandemic.

vi. The local Disaster Management Authority can waive off the rules regarding mandatory stamping for buses arriving from certain origins as per the local conditions.

4. Public Passenger Transport

a. Only the following categories of people will be allowed to use local trains, metro and mono rail services (excepting long distance trains)

• All Government personnel (State/ Central/ Local), Tickets/ passes to be issued to the above category of personnel on the basis of a Government issued identity card only.

• All Medical Personnel (Doctors/ paramedics/ lab technicians/ hospital and medical clinic staff etc). Tickets/ passes to be issued on the basis of a identity card issued by the concerned medical organization.

• Any persons needing medical treatment or specially abled persons and one person accompanying the needy.

b. State government or local government owned public buses shall ply at 50% of the capacity with no standing passengers.

c. Inter-city or inter-district travel by long dist ce trains and buses shall be subject to following controls:

i. Local Railway officers/ MSRTC officers shall provide all the information that local DMA may require for screening the people travelling by these trains and alighting in their jurisdictions.

ii. At the stoppages where passengers are alighting, all passengers shall be stamped on the hand for 14 days home quarantine. Thermal scanners shall be used and anyone with symptoms shall be moved to corona care centres or to a hospital.

iii. Local DMA may decide to the RAT test at the alighting point by appointing one of the authorised labs to give these services. Cost of the test, if so decided shall be borne by the passenger.

iv. The local Disaster Management Authority can waive off the rules regarding mandatory stamping for buses arriving from certain origins as per the local conditions.

5. All other conditions other than the ones specified in this order will be in accordance with the Government Order dated 13th April, 2021 and additions/ clarifications already issued thereof by the State Government.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, has been consistently reporting more than 50,000 daily Covid-19 cases for several days amid the rapid second wave of infections. On Wednesday, 67,468 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra in the last 24 hours.

As many as 54,985 people recovered in the said period and 568 died. The total case tally reached 40,27,827 while the state now has 6,95,747 active cases.

The massively increased caseload has exerted tremendous pressure on the state's health infrastructure, causing shortages of hospital beds, medicines and life-saving oxygen.

Earlier this month, CM Thackeray had announced a weekend lockdown to bring the Covid-19 surge under control, but the situation seems to be worsening in the state.

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