On Tuesday, the Maharashtra government has categorised the state into red and non-red zone areas for the purpose of allowing or restricting activities in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, there is no decline in the red zone despite the persistent efforts by the states to reduce the total number of COVID-19 cases
As per the state government new guidelines on Tuesday, there are 13 red zones that include all municipal corporations of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (including Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Palghar districts), Pune Municipal Corporation, Solapur, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola and Amravati.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has vowed to make the entire state into a green zone by the end of May. But, there is hardly any change in the situation till now, raising a question mark over realising his ambition.
In the earlier phases of lockdown the states were divided into three zones-14 red, 16 orange and six green zones. However as per the new guidelines by the state government the state has divided its area into red – non red zones for the purpose of allowing or restricting business and other activities during the lockdown. The guidelines would come into effect from May 22.
The e-commerce activity will be allowed for both essential and non-essential commodities shops, malls, commercial establishments and industries in the red zone.
No commercial and industrial activities would be allowed. However, home delivery from restaurants and kitchens will be allowed. All the construction sites are allowed to remain open for pre-monsoon works in red zone areas.
The officials said in red zones Markets and shops will remain open from 9am to 5pm and if there is a violation of social distancing norm they will be closed down.
– Davinder Panesar, NMTV News