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Maharashtra Curfew: Key guidelines, what's allowed and what's not

Moreover, the state government has also asked local authorities to take a call on staggering the supply of essential services.

Maharashtra Curfew: Key guidelines, what's allowed and what's not

Even though the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray refused to term it as a lockdown, curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state from 8 pm from April 14 to May 1 has been imposed where section 144 will be applicable.

The guidelines issued by the state government under the “Break the Chain” campaign are as follows:

  • State-wide section 144 has been imposed and night curfew from 8 PM to 7 AM.
  • Citizens are not to move in public places without valid reasons, except people in essential services.
  • All public transport - Autos: driver +2; taxi: driver + 50%, bus: full seating occupancy only.
  • All offices to work from home except central, state and local governments, co-op, state and private banks, offices of advocates - but no visitors to such offices.
  • Private vehicles can venture out only for emergency or essential services.
  • All restaurants, bars are to remain shut. Only home delivery allowed.
  • All manufacturing units needed for essential services to remain operational with full capacity. Units that cannot stop immediately and cannot restart immediately may continue with a maximum of 50 per cent workforce. Moreover, units providing accommodation to their labour in the same campus or in an isolated campus may continue to work.
  • Street hawkers to be allowed from 7 AM to 8 PM - but only for takeaways.
  • Newspapers, magazines can be printed and circulated - only home delivery allowed.
  • Entertainment places like cine-plex, theatres, Amusement Parks/ Arcades/ Video Game Parlours, water parks, gyms, auditoriums, clubs, swimming pools, sports complexes, shooting for films, beaches, gardens, open spaces all shut.
  • All shops, malls, shopping centres not performing essential services are to remain shut.
  • All saloons, beauty parlours and Spa would remain closed.
  • Religious places are to remain shut but the staff is allowed to function.
  • All schools and colleges are to remain shut.
  • No religious, social, cultural or political functions allowed. District collectors allowed to give permissions for political gatherings where polls are to be held. Attendees capped at 200 if 50 per cent whichever is less.
  • Marriages allowed only with 25 people present - all staff to have COVID-19 negative certificate.
  • Funerals allowed with 20 people.
  • E-commerce allowed the delivery of essential goods and services.
  • Co-operative housing societies - more than five cases will be taken as micro-containment areas.
  • Construction activity allowed on sites where labourers are living onsite.

Moreover, the state government has also asked local authorities to take a call on staggering the supply of essential services such as groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, and all food outlets, in terms of location and operation amidst the spike in cases of coronavirus.

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