After a Covid-19 review meeting on Sunday, the Maharashtra government announced new restrictions including a night curfew in the state and a strict lockdown over the weekends from Friday 8 pm to Monday 7 pm amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray met a group of business leaders from the state to discuss the way forward to restrict the rise in Covid-19 cases. The virtual meeting, held early in the afternoon between the CM and the industrialists, was led by banker Uday Kotak, who is the national president of industry lobby CII.
However, as cases soar and the situation in the state remains ‘grim’, several more curbs are going to be put in place soon. Among these, the most prominent is going to be a full weekend lockdown which will be in place from 9 pm on Friday to Monday morning 7 am. Section 144 will be applicable throughout the day, no more than 5 people will gather at a particular place.
Transportation will be permitted based on their sitting capacity and also the Rickshaw, Taxi and personal vehicles will commute with 50% sitting capacity.
The government said that everything will be closed except for essential services in weekend lockdown. There will be no restrictions on vegetable market, Mall, restaurant, bar and theatre will be closed while the government offices will run at 50% capacity. However, the Industry will be fully operational and no restriction on worker. The construction site will remain operational and Shooting may start where there will be no crowds.
Maharashtra has contributed 57% of the total cases and 47% of the deaths in the country over the last 14 days. Maharashtra reported nearly 50,000 new cases on Saturday while on Friday the state reported around 48,000 cases. State capital Mumbai reported over 9,000 cases on Saturday – the most in a day since the pandemic began in December 2019. On Friday the city reported over 8,800 new cases.