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The Maharashtra Govt Issue Tighter Covid Curbs, Check What’s Allowed & What’s Not

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The Maharashtra Govt Issue Tighter Covid Curbs, Check What’s Allowed & What’s Not

There will be a new series of limitations in the state from 8 p.m. on 22 April until 7 a.m on 1st May

In spite of the government imposing partial restrictions on coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra government decided on Wednesday to impose tighter restrictions on Covid-hit states.

The Maharashtra Govt Issue Tighter Covid Curbs, Check What's Allowed & What's Not

Unlike last time, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, contrary to expectations, did not himself announce the new restrictions. The government notification did not use the ‘lockdown’ world as well.

The new restrictions of the government’s Break the Chain policy will be implemented from today at 8 p.m. and will remain in place until 7 a.m. on 1 May, read the notification.

The new regulations include not allowing more than 15% of staff to enter governmental or private offices, capping wedding guests at 25, and reserving public transport for government, educational or medical staff.

Take a look at the guidelines here:

Office Attendance

  • Only 15 per cent of government agencies (State, Central, LO) work with the exclusion of emergency services directly linked to the management of the COVID 19 pandemic.
    • With regard to Mantralayas and central government offices in the Metropolitan region of Mumbai, after obtaining permission from the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority CEO, the Head of the Department can decide to attend more.
    • In the case of other government offices, the Head of Office can decide to attend more after the Local Disaster Management Authority has authorised the Office to do so.
  • For all of the other offices listed in Section 5 of Break the Chain Order of 13 April 2021, they should operate with only 15% or 5 persons, whatever more.
  • All the office works required for essential services mentioned in Section 2 of Break the Chain Order dated 13th April 2021, should work at the lowest required capacity for the same and in no case exceed 50%. Attendance of personnel actually delivering the essential services on the ground should also be minimized but can be extended up to 100% as per the requirements.

Marriage ceremony

The marriage ceremony can take place in a single hall only for a single event of up to 2 hours, with a maximum of 25 people participating. Any family found to be flaunting or disregarding the limitations in letter and spirit may be fined to the value of ₹50,000, and any place misused or deprived of the limitations is to be closed before Covid 19 is promulgated for a disaster.

Private Passenger Transport

  • Private Passenger transport excluding buses can ply only for emergency or essential services or valid reasons with driver plus 50% of the seating capacity. These are not expected to be inter-district or inter-city and should be confined to the city of residence of the travellers. Inter-district or inter-city travel is allowed only if required for performing an essential service or in case of medical emergencies or attending unavoidable events like funerals or severe sickness of family. Anyone flouting the order in letter or spirit shall be punishable by a fine of ₹10000/-.
  • Private buses can ply with 50% of seating capacity with no standing travellers.
  • Inter-city or inter-district travel by private buses shall be subject to the following controls:
    • Bus service operator must restrict the stoppages to maximum two in a city and shall inform local DMA about the same and the schedule. Local DMA may ask to change these if so desired.
    • At the stoppages where passengers are alighting all passengers shall be stamped on the hand for 14 days home quarantine. This stamping must be done by the operator.
    • Thermal scanners shall be used and anyone with symptoms shall be moved to corona care centres or to a hospital.
    • Local DMA may decide to do the RAT test at the alighting point by appointing one of the authorised labs to give these services. Cost of the test, if so decided shall be borne by the passenger/ service provider.
    • If an operator is found to be flouting these guidelines, then DMA may levy a fine of 10000/-. Repeated defaults will lead to the cancellation of the license to operate till the end of notification of COVID 19 as a pandemic.
    • The local Disaster Management Authority can waive off the rules regarding mandatory stamping for buses arriving from certain origins as per the local conditions.

Public Passenger Transport

  • Only the following categories of people will be allowed to use local trains, metro and monorail services (excepting long-distance trains)
    • All Government personnel (State/ Central/ Local), Tickets/ passes to be issued to the above category of personnel on the basis of a Government-issued identity card only.
    • All Medical Personnel (Doctors/ paramedics/ lab technicians/ hospital and medical clinic staff etc). Tickets/ passes to be issued on the basis of an identity card issued by the concerned medical organization.
    • Any persons needing medical treatment or specially-abled persons and one person accompanying the needy.
  • State government or local government-owned public buses shall ply at 50% of the capacity with no standing passengers.
  • Inter-city or inter-district travel by long dist ce trains and buses shall be subject to the following controls:
    • Local Railway officers/ MSRTC officers shall provide all the information that local DMA may require for screening the people travelling by these trains and alighting in their jurisdictions.
    • At the stoppages where passengers are alighting, all passengers shall be stamped on the hand for 14 days home quarantine. Thermal scanners shall be used and anyone with symptoms shall be moved to corona care centres or to a hospital.
    • Local DMA may decide to the RAT test at the alighting point by appointing one of the authorised labs to give these services. The cost of the test, if so decided shall be borne by the passenger.
    • The local Disaster Management Authority can waive off the rules regarding mandatory stamping for buses arriving from certain origins as per the local conditions.
    • All other conditions other than the ones specified in this order will be in accordance with the Government Order dated 13th April 2021 and additions/ clarifications already issued thereof by the State Government.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, has recorded over 50,000 cases daily during the rapid second wave of infections for several days. On Wednesday, in the last 24 hours 67,468 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in Maharashtra.

In that time, 54,985 people recovered and 568 died. The total number of cases was 40,27,827, while the state now has 6,95,747 active cases.

The dramatically increased number of people affected the state’s health system, creating a shortage of hospital beds, medications and life-saving oxygen.

CM Thackeray declared a weekend lockout to get the Covid-19 surge under control earlier this month, but the situation in the state seems to worsen.

Rajat Singh
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Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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