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Maharashtra 15-day janta Curfew start from 8pm Today: What’s Allowed and What’s Not

By Priyanka Verma 
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a statewide curfew for 15 days from 8pm on April 14 to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus in its second wave. With Section 144 being imposed across the state, Thackeray essential services have been exempted from the restrictions. The curfew will ne in place till 7am on May 1.

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He said that while all necessary services will continue, public transport will be available only emergency service providers. Health, pharma, transporters, vaccines producers and animal-related shops will remain open, besides petrol pumps, financial institutions associated with SEBI. Construction work will also continue. He said hotels and restaurants to remain closed, but take-aways and home deliveries will be allowed.

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Following is a detailed list of the government’s order as part of the ‘Break the Chain’ initiative:

– No one to move in public place without valid reasons mentioned herein below.

– All the establishments, public places, activities, services shall remain closed, save as explicitly mentioned herein below.

– Services and activities mentioned in Essential Category herein below are exempted and their movements and operations are to be unrestricted.

– Services and activities mentioned in Exceptions Category herein below are exempted from 7 AM to 8 PM on working days and their movements and operations are to be unrestricted during these periods.

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– Decision regarding inclusion of domestic help/ drivers/ attendants to work in Exceptions Category be taken by the local authorities based on local conditions.

Essential Category includes the following

1) Hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics, vaccinations, medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, other medical and health services including supporting manufacturing and distribution units along with their dealers, transport and supply chain. Manufacturing and distribution of vaccines, sanitizers, masks, medical equipment, their ancillaries, raw material units and support services.

2) Veterinary Services/ Animal Care shelters and pet food shops.

4) Cold storage and warehousing services.

5) Public transport: airplanes, trains, taxis, autos and public buses.

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6) Services related to functioning of offices of Diplomats of various countries.

7) Pre-monsoon activities by local authorities.

8) All public services by local authorities.

9) Reserve Bank of India and services designated by RBI as essential.

10) All offices of SEBI-recognised market infrastructure institutions such as Stock Exchanges, depositiories, etc and other intermediaries registered with SEBI

12) Services required for restoration/ maintenance of telecom services.

13) Transport of goods.

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14) Agricultural activities.

15) Water supply services.

16) Export-Import services.

17) Accredited media.

18) E-commerce (only for supply of essential goods and services).

19) Petrol pumps.

20) All cargo services.

21) ATMs.

22) Postal Services.

23) Ports and related activities.

24) Custom house agents/ Licensed multi-modal transport operators associated with movement of vaccines/lifesaving drugs/pharmaceutical products.

25) Units producing raw material/packaging material for any essential services.

26) Units that are engaged in production of materials for impending rainy season for individuals as well as for organisations.

27) Any services designated as essential services by local disaster management authority.

28) Electric and gas supply services.

Implementing agencies must follow these general principles about above mentioned services:

1. All enforcing authorities to note that fundamentally strict restrictions relate to movement of people but not to goods and commodities as a matter of principle.

2. All the requirements of movement for performance of services mentioned m this section are valid reasons for travel under 1(b).

3. Incidental activities that are required for performance of these services by concerned personnel or organization are to be considered as essential themselves . Principle is ‘ essential for essential is essential’.

3. Shops falling under essential services as mentioned in this order shall follow following guidelines:

a. Essential services shops to operate while ensuring COVID-appropriate behaviour by owners, staff working there at as well as customers in the shop premises.

b. Essential shops owners and person working at all shops to get vaccinated at the earliest, as per criteria of GOI. All shops are advised to follow safety measures like interaction with customers through a transparent glass or other material shields, electronic payment etc.

c. Any essential shop owner, person working there at or any customer found defaulting on above requirements shall be punishable by a fine of Rs 500 and if the shop is found serving a customer who is defaulting on proper behaviour, the shop will be fined Rs 1,000 In case of repeated defaults, a shop may be ordered to be closed till end of notification of COVID-19 as a disaster.

d. Movement of personnel to perform duties related to essential shops shall constitute a valid reason for the purposes of 1(b).

e. For groceries, vegetables shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, confectionaries, all type of food shops etc. mentioned in 2(3) above, local authority should study the locations where these are densely located or where people may come together in large numbers and plan out their staggering in terms of locations and if need be in terms of periods of operations. Open public spaces may also be identified for shifting their operations, in case of non-permanent structures. Local authorities are expected to take all the measures to ensure these essential operations do not become a place that facilitates spread of COVID-19. If so deemed necessary, local authorities may also declare some locations as closed for these operations.

f. All shop owners that are closed for now are advised to get all persons working with them to get vaccinated as per criteria of GOI as well as prepare themselves with measures like interaction with customers through a transparent glass or other material shields, electronic payment etc. so that government can expedite reopening of the same without fear of COVID-19 transmission.

4. Public Transport will be fully operational with following restrictions

Driver + two passengers only

Driver+ 50% vehicle capacity as per RTO

Full seating occupancy as per RTO passing. However, no standing passengers will be allowed.

a) All persons using public transport to compulsorily wear mask in a proper manner barring which fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on the offenders.

b) In four-wheeler taxis, if any one person is not wearing mask, the offender and the driver of the taxi will be fined an amount of Rs 500 each.

c) All vehicles to be sanitised after every trip.

d) All public transport – drivers and other staff coming into contact with the public to get vaccinated at the· earliest, as per criteria of GOI and must display exemplary COVID-appropriate behaviour. For taxis and autos, driver should be encouraged to iso late himself or herself through use of a plastic sheet or otherwise.

e) Movement of personnel to perform duties related to public transport shall constitute a valid reason for the purposes of 1(b).

f) In the case of out-station trains, railway authorities to ensure that there are no standing passengers in the general compartment and all passengers use masks.

g) Fine of Rs 500 to be levied in all trains for non-compliance with COVID-appropriate behaviour.

h) Public transport that bas been allowed with some conditions also includes all incidental services that are essential for the smooth functioning of all modes of public transport. This also includes all incidental activities that are required at the airport including handling of cargo, ticketing etc.

i) Persons arriving/ departing by any bus/ train/ flight from or towards place of residence may travel on basis of a valid ticket through public transport.

a) Cinema halls to remain closed.

b) Drama theatres and auditoriums to remain closed.

c) Amusement parks/ arcades/ video game parlours to remain closed.

d) Water parks to remain closed

e) Clubs, swimming pools, gyms and sports complexes to remain closed.

f) All persons connected with these establishments should get vaccinated at the earliest, as per GOI guidelines so that reopening of these may be achieved at the earliest without fear of spread or acceleration of COVID-19.

g) Shooting for films/serials/advertisement to be closed.

h) All shops, malls, shopping centers not performing essential services shall be closed.

i) Public places like beaches, gardens, open spaces etc shall remain closed. In case of any public arena that may belong to any of the uses mentioned herein, local authority may decided about continuation or discontinuation of its use during the operation of this order.

a) Religious Places of Worship to remain closed.

b) All the personnel engaged in the service of the place of workshop shall continue to perform their duties though no outside visitor shall be allowed.

c) All staff that may work in these places are advised to get vaccinated at the earliest, as per GOI guidelines, so that reopening of these may be expedited.

a) Barber shops/spas/salons and beauty parlours to remain closed.

b) All staff that may work in these establishments are advised to get vaccinated at the earliest, as per GO! guidelines, so that reopening of these may be expedited.

a) Schools and Colleges to remain closed.

b) Rule is hereby relaxed for class 10 and 12 students to the extent of exams. All the staff that may be used for conduct of exams must be either vaccinated or should carry a negative RT-PCR/ RAT/ TruNAT/ CBNAAT certificate , valid for 48 hours.

c) For exams that are being conducted by any board, university or authority outside the state, denial of which may lead to hardships for students residing in Maharashtra may be allowed by concerned department under intimation to concern disaster management authority.

d) Students who have to attend any exam physically, may be allowed to travel along with one adult, on basis of a valid hall ticket for the same.

e) All private coaching classes of any kind to remain closed.

f) All staff that may work in these establishments are advised to get vaccinated at the earliest, as per GOI guidelines, so that reopening of these may be expedited.

a) No religious, social, cultural or political functions of any kind to be allowed.

b) In case of districts where elections are scheduled to be held, the permission may be granted by the District Collector for any political gatherings subject to the following conditions-

a. The District Collector can authorize the Returning Officer to give permission for any political gathering for the purpose of campaigning within the guidelines of the Election Commission of India subject to no more than 200 people or 50% occupancy whichever is less being allowed in any enclosed space and 50% of the capacity be allowed in open spaces subject to complete adherence to all laid down COVID 19 protocols as per the Central Government guidelines.

b. There should be personnel deputed by the Collector for overseeing any such event to ensure scrupulous adherence to all protocols.

– In case of marriage being conducted inside a place of worship, it will be allowed to do so with adherence to the above rules.

-Funerals to be allowed a maximum of 20 people. All the staff should get vaccinated at the earliest and should carry a valid negative COVID-negative certificate.

Funerals may also be performed at places of worship with strict adherence to the said rules.

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