COVID-19 lockdown restrictions to be eased in 25 districts

Discussion regarding the same was held at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. An approval will be given post which a GR will be issued. However, restrictions will continue in 11 districts across Maharashtra.

COVID-19 lockdown restrictions to be eased in 25 districts

The state government of Maharashtra, on Thursday, July 29, 2021, announced a major decision to relax coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions across 25 districts of the state. A few days back, health minister Rajesh Tope has hinted about relaxing the curbs soonand the decision was taken at a meeting held with the task force and health department officials, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

As per reports released on Tuesday, restrictions in the remaining 11 districts will continue as planned and information regarding the same was given by State Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Sharing more details, he said that the restrictions will be relaxed on the districts where third phase restrictions are applicable. As per revised guidelines, shops in the district can remain open till 4 pm until Saturdays, however, they will have to be closed only on Sundays.

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Private firms can resume working in the offices with 50 per cent capacity only if all the employees have been vaccinated. On the other hand, restaurants, cinemas, gyms can be exempted from some restrictions. Minister Tope also said that the restrictions on weddings and political events will be removed only after the approval of the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, restrictions will continue as planned in the remaining 11 districts and the local administrations may also decide to make the restrictions stricter if the number of COVID-19 patients increase or the situation worsens. 

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As of now, residents from Pune, Solapur, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Palghar, Beed and Ahmednagar will not be exempted from the restrictions. Given the declining number of COVID-19 patients in the state, citizens have been demanding the government to ease restrictions in districts where the cases have dropped. Keeping the same in mind, the above-mentioned meeting was planned to take a decision regarding the guidelines imposed. The final proposal has been sent to the Chief Minister for approval, and once received, the GR will be issued in the next few days.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 experts across the country have warned the state governments about the third wave of infection. Understanding the same, officials from the Maharashtra government have been asked to take necessary steps and make preparations to tackle the upcoming wave. A committee has been formed and officials have been planning healthcare facilities after consulting with a team of paediatricians.

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