In a late-night development on Friday, the Maharashtra government announced that it will lift lockdown restrictions from Monday through its five-level unlock plan. The lockdown in Maharashtra will be relaxed on the basis of Covid positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds in the state. The order will be implemented from Monday.
In a statement, the Maharashtra government said, "Lockdown restrictions will be relaxed on the basis of COVID positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds in Maharashtra." The degree of relaxation has been decided as per the level of severity of Covid-19 in those districts.
According to the guidelines, the situation will be assessed every Thursday by the Public Health Department.
All districts where the Covid case positivity rate is 5 per cent or less and the occupancy of hospital beds is lower than 25 per cent fall under level 1. These districts will be allowed to completely unlock and all activities will continue normally.
All sectors including public transport, cultural events, shops, restaurants, sports, theatres, malls, industries, private and government offices will be allowed to open.
Manufacturing and other industries can also resume in level 1 and 2 areas without any restrictions.
Cities and districts that have 5 per cent Covid case positivity rate and 25-40 per cent occupancy of hospital beds will be included in level 2. All restrictions from level 1 will apply in level 2.
Section 144 will remain applicable in the districts that fall under level 2. Mumbai falls in level 2 of the unlock plan.
Theatres, malls, restaurants, gyms, salons and beauty parlours will be permitted to operate at 50 per cent occupancy. Local trains will not be allowed to operate for the general public.
All shops will be allowed to stay open during regular hours. Local trains will not be allowed for the general public. Section 144 will be in place i.e., not more than five people can gather in public places.
All districts where the Covid case positivity rate is 5-10 per cent and the occupancy of hospital beds is lower than 40-60 per cent fall under level 3.
Level 1 districts will be allowed to unlock almost completely with restaurants, malls, shops and public places reopening. Offices, gyms will also be allowed to resume operations. Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Parbhani and Thane fall under the tentative list of level 1 districts.
The shop selling essentials items will be allowed to stay open till 4 pm on all days and those selling non-essentials can function only on weekdays. Malls and theatres will stay closed. Section 144 will be applicable in level 3 areas.
Gyms, salons will open only till 4 pm. Restaurants can stay open till 4 pm on weekdays. After 4 pm, only takeaway services will be allowed. Construction activities will be allowed with 50 per cent staff. Private offices can stay open till 4 pm on weekdays.
Local trains can only be used by essential workers and women. Parks and gardens can open from 5 am to 9 am.
Areas having a positivity rate of 10-20 per cent and 60-75 per cent occupancy rate will come under level 4.
The shops selling essentials can stay open till 4 pm on all days. No movement post 5 pm and none on weekends.
The manufacturing sector will be allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity. Public transport will be allowed at 50 per cent capacity. Section 144 will continue.
Cities and districts that have a positivity rate of 20 per cent and above and occupancy rate above 75 per cent will fall under level 5.
There would be no relaxation in such areas. An e-pass is required to travel to/from any city/district which comes under level 5.
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