New lockdown-like restrictions in Maharashtra, inter-district travel banned

New lockdown-like restrictions in Maharashtra, inter-district travel banned

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Mumbai, Apr 21 (PTI) The Maharashtra government on
Wednesday imposed several new restrictions including a ban
on inter-city and inter-district travel and curbs on office
attendance in an attempt to bring the spiralling coronavirus
infections under control.

The new restrictions under the government”s `Break-
the-Chain” program will come into effect from Thursday 8 pm
and will remain effective till 7 am on May 1.

With the state adding over 50,000 coronavirus cases
daily over the last two weeks, ministers in the Uddhav
Thackeray-led government had indicated the day before that a
new lockdown was imminent.

However, chief minister Thackeray did not announce the
new restrictions himself, unlike last time. The government
notification also did not use the word `lockdown”.

As per the notification, Central, state and local
governing body offices shall function with 15 per cent
attendance. But emergency services dealing with the COVID-19
pandemic will be exempted from this rule.

Other offices, allowed to operate as per the existing
rules, can function with 15 per cent strength or five people,
whichever is more, stated the notification.

As to inter-city and inter-district travel ban,
exemption will be made for travel for medical emergency,
essential services and funeral or medical attendance.

As to travel by local trains in Mumbai, the government
had tightened the rules on April 13, saying that only those
working in the essential services can travel.

Travelling will be allowed with 50 per cent capacity
of the vehicle.

Passengers of private buses (who are allowed to
travel) will have to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days
after they reach their destination. Bus operators will have to
stamp the passengers” hands to indicate they are supposed to
stay at home for 14 days.

Weddings can take place with 25 persons in attendance
in a single hall. The ceremony shall not extend beyond two
hours and violation of the rule will attract a fine of Rs
50,000, the notification said.

All government employees — state, central and local
body — will be allowed to travel by local trains, metros and
public transport buses.

Medical professionals and those requiring immediate
medical attention and the disabled persons can use public
transport services during the period. Disabled persons can be
accompanied by another person.

The local disaster management authority can obtain
information of passengers of long distance trains or buses and
stamp them with `home quarantine” tag.

It can also screen passengers using thermal scanners
and those with fever or other coronavirus-like symptoms can be
shifted to local corona care centres or hospitals. PTI ND

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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