New blockade-like restrictions in Maharashtra starting today as Covid-19 cases increase

The Maharashtra government has imposed several new restrictions on trying to control spiral coronavirus infections. The new blockade-like restrictions in the government’s “Break-the-Chain” program will take effect from 20:00 today and will remain in force until 7:00 on May 1. On Wednesday, the state added 67,468 new Covid-19 cases and 568 deaths. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases amounted to 40,27,827.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new blockade-like restrictions in Maharashtra, starting at 8pm today:

1) The offices of the central, state and local governing bodies will operate with a participation of 15%. But the emergency services dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be exempted from this rule.

2) Other offices, which are allowed to operate under existing rules, may operate with a force of 15% or five people, whichever is greater, the notification said.

3) With regard to the prohibition of interurban and inter-district travel, the travel in case of medical emergency, essential services and burial or medical assistance shall be exempted.

4) Regarding local train travel in Mumbai, the government tightened the rules on April 13, saying that only those who work in essential services can travel.

5) Travel will be allowed with a capacity of 50% of the vehicle.

6) Passengers of private buses (who are allowed to travel) will have to be quarantined at home for 14 days after arriving at their destination. Bus operators will have to stamp the hands of passengers to indicate that they should stay home for 14 days.

7) Weddings can take place with 25 people present in one room. The ceremony will not last more than two hours, and a violation of the rule will result in a fine of 50,000, the notification said.

8) All government employees – state, central and local bodies – will be able to travel by local trains, subway and public transport buses.

9) Medical professionals and those in need of immediate medical care and persons with disabilities may use public transport services during that period. People with disabilities can be accompanied by another person.

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