Maharashtra government amends phase-wise opening of lockdown

ST Staff
Friday, 5 June 2020

The state has extended the lockdown till June 30 with few relaxation as part of its 'Mission Begin Again.'

In a revised guideline, released on Thursday by the State Government stated that inter-district movement of people in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is permitted. However, both inter-district movements elsewhere in the state and inter-state movements will continue to be regulated.

The state has extended the lockdown till June 30 with few relaxation as part of its 'Mission Begin Again.' The state's extension of the lockdown will keep malls, gymnasiums and religious places closed.

In the first phase of the mission, certain restrictions were lifted on June 3. In the second phase of the mission, more restrictions will be lifted as of June 5 and the third phase of easing will begin as of June 8.

The revised order on Thursday stated that no garden, open-air gym and play area equipment would be allowed to operate under the first phase of outdoor activities. Beauty parlours, shopping malls, barber's shops, hotels, restaurants, spas, remains banned from operations.

It also said that the movement of stranded labourers, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists will continue to be regulated according to standard operating procedures.

The phase two of 'Mission Begin Again' will commence from June 5. The order stated that all shops on one side of the road, lane or passage will be open on one day for full working hours, while all shops on the other side of the road will remain open on the next day and so forth. Strict norms of social distance need to be maintained.

The third phase of this mission which will commence from June 8, will allow all private offices to operate with 10 people (10% strength) with the remaining staff to work from home. All government offices are allowed to operate at 15% strength.

"All employers should undertake sensitisation programme to educate their employees about adequate precautions to be taken after returning home so that vulnerable people, especially the elderly, are not infected," the order said.

Printing and distributing newspapers will be allowed from June 7, home deliveries included. The revised notice on the guidelines stated, "It shall be with the knowledge of the receiver and for the delivery of newspaper, personnel shall wear a mask and use hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing."

The order further said that offices and staff of educational institutions can operate for non-teaching purpose, including for developing e-content, evaluation of answer sheets and declaration of results.

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