Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state, the Maharashtra government has issued a fresh set of guidelines to be followed till March 31, 2021, in order to contain the spread of the virus.
According to a notification issued by the state government on Friday, all private offices, except those related to health and essential services, have been ordered to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
In the case of government and semi-government offices, the head of the office shall take a decision regarding staff attendance.
The manufacturing sector, however, can function at full capacity with certain restrictions.
New guidelines for Drama theaters and auditoriums:
.The Maharashtra government has ordered that all drama theatres and auditoriums in the state operate at 50 per cent capacity and no entry will be allowed without proper wearing of masks.
.The drama halls and auditoriums will also not be used for any kinds of religious, political, social or cultural gatherings.
.If found violating the norms, the premise will be shut down till the time COVID-19 is notified as a disaster by the Centre.
Maharashtra has been witnessing a surge in new coronavirus cases. On Thursday, the state recorded 25,833 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day spike since last March when the first coronavirus infection was detected. It took the caseload to 23,96,340. With 58 fatalities, the death toll jumped to 53,138.
Meanwhile, CM Uddhav Thackery has asked divisional commissioners to ensure that all the restrictions announced to curb the spread of COVID-19 are implemented strictly.