Even as Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state by COVID-19 the exponential surge in COVID-19 cases and the fast-paced virus fatalities has set the alarm bells of caution ringing.
Perceiving the situation of the state, The Maharashtra Government has extended the Coronavirus Lockdown till July 31st as virus cases and deaths fail to plunge but prevail.
Issuing fresh guidelines for the ‘Mission Begin Again’ campaign the state government has prohibited movement of non-essential activities within the neighbourhoods in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The Government Statement Directs:
1) The movement of persons for the purposes of non-essential activities like shopping and the outdoor exercises, shall be restricted within the neighbourhood area limits with all necessary prescribed mandatory precautions of wearing masks, social distancing and personal hygiene.
2) Unrestricted movement will be permitted only for attending place of work, emergencies and bonafide humanitarian requirement including medical reasons.
3) All essential shops, e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items, all industrial units which are presently operational and home delivery of food will be allowed.
4) All essential and non-essential shops and market, except malls and market complexes, will be allowed to open from 9 am to 5 pm.
5) All Government offices (excluding Emergency, health and Medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, NIC, food and Civil Supply, FCI, NYK, Municipal Services) to function with 15% strength or 15 persons.
6) All private offices in Mumbai Metropolitan Region can operate with 10% strength or 10 people.
7) Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest control, garages, printing and distribution of newspapers (including home delivery), and barber shops are allowed in MMR.
8) Intra-district bus service will be allowed with maximum 50% capacity per bus with physical distancing and sanitation measures
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region has been a major contributor to Maharashtra’s accelerating COVID-19 numbers.
The Mumbai Police have reiterated that non-essential movement of people outside the radius of 2 km of their houses will not be permitted.
The Mumbai city is witnessing masses coming out in huge numbers and clogging traffic on roads, prompting the deployment of police at multiple checkpoints across the city to enforce the Lockdown rule.
As the ‘Mission Begin Again’ has come into being the ‘Optimism Bias’ has seeped deep in the minds of the people, venturing them out of their houses carelessly, completely ignoring the extreme reality that the Coronavirus yet prevails in city.
Maharashtra records 1,64,626 Coronavirus Cases and 7,429 deaths making it the adverse-hit state in the country.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stated that despite the state’s progress in tackling COVID-19, the virus crisis is not over yet and have urged the people of the state to follow rules and ensure that the lockdown is not re-imposed.