Maharashtra extends lockdown till July 31

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New Delhi (NVI): The Maharashtra government today extended lockdown till July 31, in view of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. This comes a day after Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray pointed out that it was not possible to remove the lockdown post June 30.

The government stated that restrictions on the non-essential activities and movement of people will be re-imposed in COVID-19 hotspots and within the neighborhood in the Metropolitan Mumbai Region.

Yesterday, during a media briefing, Uddhav Thackeray dubbed lockdown as ‘Mission Begin Again’ and said that the unlock process in the state will be gradually implemented to put the economy back on track.

Although there would still be restrictions after June 30, eventually more relaxations will be provided to people, he added.

The movement of people for the purposes of non-essential activities like shopping and the outdoor activities shall be restricted within the neighborhood area limits with all necessary precautions of wearing masks, social distancing and personal hygiene.

All essential shops, e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items, all industrial units which are presently operational and home delivery of food will be allowed. However, the unrestricted movement will be allowed for attending offices and emergencies.

Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state in the country having recorded nearly 1.65 lakh confirmed cases and over 7,400 deaths so far.

-RJV/ARK