Maharashtra announces stricter curbs, weekend lockdown, night curfew

at 7:44 pm

New Delhi (NVI): Maharashtra government has ordered strict lockdown over weekends from Friday 8 PM to Monday 7 AM amid a massive surge in coronavirus cases in the state recently, besides extending night curfew from 8 PM to 7 AM tomorrow.

NCP Minister Nawab Malik came up with the new decision today after a cabinet meeting led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Notably, the the Maharashtra CM had said two days back that he could not rule out a second lockdown to combat the alarming spike in corona cases in the state.

Apart from that, Uddhav Thackeray had earlier instructed officials to impose a state-wide night curfew from Sunday (March 28) to curb rising cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

While announcing the decision after the cabinet meeting today, Nawab Malik said that night curfew will continue. He said that prohibitory orders issued under section 144 will be force during the day time during the week.

As the guidelines, only essential services will be permitted in the state. Transportation vehicles will allow passengers on the basis of their sitting capacity only. In addition to this, Taxi, Rickshaw, and personal vehicles will commute with 50% sitting capacity.

Restaurants are permitted only take away and parcel services. Employees will have to work from home.

During the weekend lockdown (Friday 8 PM to 7 PM), malls will be shut down, besides cinema halls, bars and restaurants, starting tomorrow.