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The Maharashtra government has announced a slew of restrictions, including night curfews and weekend lockdowns, to curtail the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Nawab Malik on Monday said a night curfew would be in place across the state from 8 pm to 7 am.

On weekends, a complete lockdown (8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday) will be imposed. The restrictions will come into effect from 5 April.

However, essential, medical services and transportation will be allowed.

The curbs will also include a ban on gatherings of five or more people throughout the day.

Let's take a look at what is open in the state:

1) Government offices and industrial units will operate will 50% capacity.

2) Only takeaway services at hotels, restaurants and roadside stalls will be allowed. Also, home delivery services are allowed during the day hours.

x) Autos, taxis and buses will run will 50% capacity.

4) Newspaper production distribution will be allowed as part of essential services.

5) Vegetable markets will function by maintaining social distancing norms.

6) There is no restriction on construction work.

7) Schools and colleges will remain open only for conducting Class X and Class XII examinations.

8) Films and serial shootings are allowed with Covid-19 protocols and RT-PCR tests from 10 April.

What will remain shut:

1) No religious, social, cultural or political functions of any kind will be allowed.

2) All recreational places including shopping malls, theatres, bars, gyms, salons, spas, video parlours, clubs, swimming pools, water parks, sports complexes will remain shut.

3) For private offices, employees will have to work from home.

4) Schools, colleges and tuition classes will remain closed.

5) Theatres will be closed.

The decisions came after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray led a cabinet meeting to discuss the situation on Sunday, two days after he said he could not rule out a second lockdown to combat the spurt in Covid-19 infections in the state.

The new guidelines also said that a residential building would be declared a 'containment zone' if more than five Covid-19 cases are found.

Health minister Rajesh Tope said weddings could be held with 50 participants and a 10,000 fine will be imposed for failure to follow norms. Only 20 people would be allowed at a funeral.

Adding to the strict adherence of rules issued by the state government, Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai said, "Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC will come into effect in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai, from 8 pm on April 5 to 11:59 pm on April 30 unless withdrawn earlier."

Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 49,447 new Covid-19 cases and 277 fatalities on Sunday, according to the state health department. Around 37,821 people have recovered from the infection taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 24,95,315.

The active number of Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 4,01,172. With the new deaths in a span of 24 hours, the Covid-19 death toll has mounted to 55,656 in Maharashtra.

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