Mumbai: Maharashtra entered a new lockdown after MahaVikas Aghadi government announced a slew of new coronavirus guidelines including lockdowns across various regions in the state as cases remained in an upward trajectory for a week, reaching daily tally over 5,000 cases on Thursday. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also released a set of new Covid-related guidelines for Mumbai.
In districts of Amravati, and Yavatmal, restrictions were put in place, whereas a 10-day lockdown was announced in Yavatmal. A weekend lockdown was imposed in Amravati.
Also, in Mumbai citizens flouting rules for home isolation, weddings, and public gatherings will be prosecuted, an order from Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal stated.
Steps taken by the Maharashtra govt to tackle the Covid crisis:
-The administration in Yavatmal district has ordered a 10-day lockdown, in effect from February 18 night amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
-Schools for students of classes 5-9, colleges, and coaching classes will also be remained shut till 28 February.
-Restaurants and hotels will remain open between 8 am to 9.30 pm, while markets and shops will be allowed to operate till 8 pm.
– Gathering of fifty people only is allowed at weddings, district collector DM Singh said.
-Religious places will remain open but coronavirus protocols will be strictly implemented.
-A weekend lockdown was announced in the Amravati district, from 8 pm on Saturday to 7 am on Monday, Amravati Collector Shailesh Naval said.
-During this lockdown period, markets and other establishments will remain closed, however essential services will be unaffected.
-Also, on weekdays, all establishments including hotels and restaurants will be open till 8 pm (from 10 pm earlier), as per Naval.
-New Covid-related guidelines for capital Mumbai have been put out by the civic body.
-For those who violate safety guidelines, the BMC will register offences against them.
-The Mumbai civic body has said that 300 marshals will be appointed to take action against passengers travelling without masks in suburban railways with an aim to catch 25,000 offenders every day.
-The BMC has also intensified action against persons found without masks in public and will take action against function halls, gymnasiums and other establishments that don’t follow safety norms.
-Where the permissible limit of guests at function halls is 50, restaurants are allowed to operate with 50% occupancy at any given time.
-The BMC has also decided to resume stamping of the hands of people who are placed under home quarantine, and in case of violation, an offence will be registered against them.
-The civic body also stated that people flouting rules for home isolation, weddings and public gatherings will be prosecuted.
-A seven-day institutional quarantine is mandatory for travellers arriving at Mumbai airport from Brazil, where a new strain of Covid-19 has been discovered, as per BMC’s new Covid guidlines.