Maharashtra extends lockdown till August 31; malls, gyms to open

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New Delhi (NVI): The government of Maharashtra yesterday announced that it has extended the lockdown in the state till August 31 midnight under its Mission Begin Again plan.

The state government order stated certain relaxations and phase-wise opening in an attempt to contain the further spread of virus in the state.

This announcement came after Centre’s Unlock 3 guidelines, while keeping in mind the activities permitted and prohibited outside containment zones in the country.

According to the order, malls and market complexes without cinema halls, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 am and 7 pm from August 5.

All other activities including barber shops, salons, spas, gyms etc, which were allowed earlier, will also remain open as per the current order.

Whereas, non-essential shops will also remain open from 9 am to 7 pm and liquor shops will be allowed to operate if permitted for home delivery, or otherwise.

The order further stated that concerned District Collector, Municipal corporations in the state may enforce certain measures and necessary restrictions in specified local areas on the permitted non-essential activities and movement of people.

The state government also added that such movement of the people in outdoor shall be restricted only till the neighbouring areas provided all prescribed and mandatory social distancing norms are maintained.

Earlier, the government extended the lockdown till July 31 amid a steady growth in the coronavirus cases in the state.

However, in worst-hit Maharashtra COVID-19 tally crossed 4 lakh-mark with 14,463 deaths while the recovery rate in the state stands at 59.84 per cent.

-RJV