In order to check novel coronavirus spread in the city, Mumbai Police on Wednesday updated the Covid-19 lockdown guidelines with fresh set of restrictions, especially with the focus on movement of people in public areas and transport while exempting those involved in essential services.
The new guidelines are in addition to the ongoing strict Covid-19 measures which include state-wide night curfew and weekend lockdown announced by the Maharashtra government on last Sunday.
In a series of tweets, Mumbai Police highlighted all the updates lockdown guidlines that will be followed till end of April to curb spread of the virus. It also mentioned that essential services, the manufacturing sector, oxygen producers, e-commerce and construction will be allowed to function.
Here is a lowdown on the updated lockdown guidelines in Mumbai:
-Public Places: Weekdays (7 am-8 pm) - the movement of no more than 5 people allowed
-Weekdays (8 pm-7 am) and 8 pm Friday to 7 am Monday - no movement except essential services Beaches- Closed till 30 April.
-Gardens/Public Grounds - Open from 7am-8pm on weekdays - no more than 5 people allowed
-Shops/Markets/Malls - To remain closed (except essential services).
-Recreation/Entertainment Services (cinema/theatre/audi/arcade/water parks/clubs/swimming pool/gym/sports complexes) - To remain closed
-While private offices will remain closed, government offices have been allowed to run with 50 per cent occupancy whereas government offices required for response to COVID-19, electricity, water, banking and financial services are allowed to function with 100 per cent capacity.
-Only 50 guests are allowed in wedding ceremonies while not more than 20 people can attend funerals.
-Schools and colleges will remain closed along with restaurants, bars, religious places, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, barber shops, wine shops and spas whereas shops, markets and malls will remain closed except for essential services.
-Restaurants and bars to stay closed except for those inside hotels. Take away, parcel and home delivery will be permitted on weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm. On weekends only home delivery will be allowed from 7 am to 8 pm.
-People arriving or departing by train, bus or flight can travel at all times whereas industrial workers travelling by private buses or vehicles can travel at all times using valid ID card and students travelling to attend the exam can travel with valid hall ticket.
-Newspaper printing and circulation, home delivery are allowed from 7 am-8 pm.
-Wine shops will remain closed and the delivery of it is not allowed either
-The updated guidelines for the city said that there can be two passengers in an auto-rickshaw while a taxi can have 50 per cent of its passenger capacity. Public buses can ply at full capacity but standing passengers will not be allowed.
-Film/TV Shooting - Allowed with conditions
-Religious/Social/Cultural/Political Functions - Not allowed
Meanwhile, the city's civic body later today relaxed certain norms pertaining to activities allowed during the lockdown period.
As per the fresh order, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated that during weekend lockdown, road side food stalls including fruit stalls are allowed only to provide parcels or take away services. No person will be allowed to stand there and consume food.
It also said that students or candidates who have to attend various exams including the competitive exams are allowed to make necessary movement to attend the exams during the weekend lockdown and their examination Hall Tickets should be considered valid for the same. "They are allowed to be accompanied by one guardian or parent," it said.
All online home deliveries of food and essential supplies (e-commerce) through all online service providers like Zomato, Swiggy etc. are allowed 24 hours on all days in the week. "It is clarified that during the weekend lockdown, the take away from hotels in person are not allowed however, home deliveries are allowed," it further stated.
Movement of maids, cooks, drivers, house help, nurses and medical attendees providing services to senior citizens and ailing people at home is allowed between 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on all days.
The eye clinics and opticians shops are allowed to remain open within the given time in the order issued by Government of Maharashtra.
Mumbai reported over 10,500 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday to take tally to 4,82,760. With 21 patients succumbing to the COVID-19 infection, the death toll mounted to 11,797, according to the health bulletin. Amid the surge in cases, BMC has sealed 789 building so far which contain five or more active cases in a single complex. There are 72 active containment zones in the city so far.
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