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Maharashtra: To avoid lockdown, this city has started charging people to enter the market

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has said that the state cannot afford a lockdown and he has asked Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to consider other options.

Maharashtra: To avoid lockdown, this city has started charging people to enter the market
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As the cases of coronavirus continue to balloon, the Nashik administration has now decided to charge people to enter a market on an hourly basis. This decision was taken to decongest the market areas and to curb the spread of the virus.

The Nagpur police officials are issuing a ticket of INR 5 per person to enter a market area for an hour. “It's an attempt to discourage crowding in marketplaces and also, save the city from entering lockdown," said an official on Tuesday, March 30.

Explaining further, an official said that people will be given tickets on payment of the INR 5 fee, and each ticket permits the shopper access to the market only for an hour. Anyone breaching the one-hour deadline will be fined INR 500.

The fee would be collected by the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) for various COVID-prevention measures including sanitization of the area. The police, meanwhile, will maintain a strict bandobast at the marketplaces.

Maharashtra registered 27,918 new COVID-19 cases and 139 deaths on Tuesday, March 30.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister said that the cases are rising because people are not following guidelines seriously and that is why strict steps like lockdown need to be considered.

At a meeting with senior health officials and the COVID-19 task force, Thackeray had earlier instructed them to prepare for restrictions similar to lockdown if people continue to violate COVID-related rules.

Commenting on the important points discussed at the meeting, Tope told a news channel that lockdown is something that no one likes, and it will not be implemented in an abrupt manner. The government is making sure all the circumstances are considered carefully.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik has said that the state cannot afford a lockdown and he has asked CM Thackeray to consider other options.

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