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COVID-19 outbreak: Maharashtra government announces new restrictions

Here is what has changed

COVID-19 outbreak: Maharashtra government announces new restrictions
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The growing cases of coronavirus in Mumbai have become a cause of concern. There have been talks of another lockdown in the island city. As the cases continue to mount there will be stricter rules that will be implemented in the city from March 16.

Here's what has changed:

1) 50 per cent capacity - All hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and multiplexes from now will be allowed to operate at only 50 per cent capacity. No person will be allowed to enter these places without a face mask. It has also been advised to take temperature checks of people before they enter the premise.

2) Work from home - People are urged to work from home as much as possible and avoid going to offices or crowded places. Even offices will have to adhere to the 50 per cent staff norm. This 50 per cent capacity rule will not apply to offices dealing with health and other essential services.

3) Crowd control at wedding and funerals - As per the new regulations, there is a cap of 50 people in place for weddings, while all other public gatherings – social, cultural, political and religious – have been completely banned. People should be encouraged to attend online darshans. The trustees are entrusted with the task to make sure that there is no crowd at the religious places. For the funeral, not more than 20 people are allowed to attend. 

4) Stamp for home quarantine - Home quarantine stamp will be affixed on the positive patient. In the case of home isolation, the patient must inform local authorities about the medical professional under whose supervision he or she is.

5) Strict action for violation - The order issued also states that violations of the norms would be punished and may even result in FIRs being registered against people breaking the COVID-19 protocols. 

These measures will remain in force till March 31.

Earlier in the week, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had warned that if the cases continue to spike, there will be stricter measures will be imposed. Earlier in the day, Health Minister Rajesh Tope too had warned that there might be more restrictions imposed in the city or state. He mentioned that lockdown is not the only option that is being considered. However, he did add that if the cases continue to mount, the city or the state may have to endure another lockdown. 

On March 15, Maharashtra reported 15,051 new COVID-19 cases, 10,671 discharges, and 48 deaths in the last 24 hours. Currently, there are 23,29,464 cases in the state, including 21,44,743 recoveries and 1,30,547 active cases. The death toll stands at 52,909.

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