On Sunday, the Maharashtra government re-issued a detailed guideline sent by the Centre, to be followed by the staff of government offices, including compulsory thermal screening, use of sanitisers and social distancing. All Maharashtra government employees will have to wear 3 ply mask or surgical mask while they are working in the office, according to the new guidelines.
This comes after the Union Home Ministry on Saturday said that ‘Unlock-1’ will be implemented in the country from June 8, where the national lockdown will be relaxed to a large extent, including the opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even though strict restrictions remain in place until June 3.
The guidelines also clarified that the maximum use of online systems, e-filing, should be continued to minimize social contact.
Most government offices in the state have been operating with a vastly reduced workforce. In Green Zones, which have no coronavirus cases, about 33 per cent of people attend the office. In red zones, the percentage of people with the maximum number of cases can be as low as 5 per cent. There is no word yet on when will more people be allowed to come to work.
But today Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly address Mann ki Baat, stressed the need to exercise more caution as the economy opened up. "A large portion of the economy has been opened up, and it's time to be more careful," PM Modi said.
The government of Maharashtra is yet to announce the relaxations it plans in the state beginning June 1.
Maharashtra's Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar had a 40-minute meeting on Saturday to draw up a blueprint for the state's way forward.