The Maharashtra government has extended the coronavirus lockdown till July 31st amid a steady growth in the COVID-19 numbers in the state. Issuing fresh guidelines for what it called ‘Mission Begin Again’, the government said that movement for non-essential activities will be restricted within the neighbourhoods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
only those attending offices and emergencies will be allowed unrestricted movement, the government said.
“It is also directed that unrestricted movement will be permitted only for attending place of work and bonafide humanitarian requirement including medical reason”.
“All Government offices (excluding Emergency, health and Medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, NIC, food and Civil Supply, FCI, NYK, Municipal Services) to function with 15% strength or 15 persons – whichever is higher,” it said.
Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest control, garages, printing and distribution of newspapers (including home delivery), and barber shops have also been allowed in MMR.
Maharashtra, with 1,64,626 coronavirus cases and 7,429 deaths, is the worst-hit state in the country.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray yesterday said that despite its progress in tackling COVID-19, the crisis was not over yet and urged the people of the state to follow rules and ensure the lockdown was not re-imposed.