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Mumbai Police back down on 2-km-rule after criticism from NCP and Congress

The Mumbai Police on Saturday stated that their guidelines for restricting people to travel beyond the 2-km-radius were an appeal, not an order.

Mumbai Police back down on 2-km-rule after criticism from NCP and Congress
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The Mumbai Police on Saturday stated that their guidelines for restricting people to travel beyond the 2-km-radius were an appeal, not an order. This came after the NCP and the Congress disagreed with CM Uddhav Thackeray regarding imposing such a rule on the citizens of Mumbai.

However, the Mumbai Police, through a soundbite and its Twitter handle, had restricted people from swaying away from the 2-km-radius, except for travelling to workplaces or for medical emergencies. The police since had impounded approximately 34,000 vehicles violating the rules. Senior police officials have further stated that such harsh measures were imposed only to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Therefore, the Mumbai police on Saturday tweaked its 2-km-rule and allowed people to move around in the nearby neighbourhood. It further stated that the night curfew was in force between 9 pm to 5 am with exemptions only for essential travel which includes not only medical emergencies but travel for essential purposes.

Earlier, with the newfound lockdown relaxations, the citizens of Mumbai had begun to crowd the streets with a large number of vehicles. As a consequence, the Mumbai Police had started cracking down on such individuals. Mumbai Police imposed a blockage and took action against vehicles that were travelling without any absolute reason. With the threat of the pandemic still looming over us, the observation of social distancing protocols is a must. Furthermore, usage of a sanitizer, remaining at home, frequent handwashing is of utmost importance. The Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranay Ashok had earlier appealed to the people, asking them to abide by these rules to contain the spread of the contagious disease. He also added that wearing a face mask is mandatory. Furthermore, stepping out without wearing a face mask can result in a ₹1,000 fine.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has witnessed the single highest daily surge, with 7,074 cases being reported in the last 24 hours.

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