Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued the Unlock 4 guidelines under which metro trains, suspended since March 22 in wake of the coronavirus outbreak, will be allowed to resume services from September 7 in a graded manner. Apart from the resumption of Metro services, public gatherings including social, academic, sports, entertainment, political, cultural and religious, will be permitted from September 21 with a ceiling of 100 persons.
Announcing the guidelines, the MHA said that the state governments should not impose any local lockdown outside containment zones without consulting with central government.
On Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked gym owners to frame standard operating procedures (SOPs) and enlist the measures they would take to prevent the spread of coronavirus if their establishments are allowed to operate. He added that based on the submission of the SOPs, a decision on restarting gyms in the state would be taken.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, on other hand, said that religious places in Maharashtra should be opened as in other states. If liquor shops and malls can reopen with relaxation of lockdown, why should religious places should remain closed, he said.
The Coronavirus case tally in Maharashtra has risen to 7,64,281 with record 16,867 new cases while the death toll reached 24,103 with 328 fatalities, the state health ministry report said.