Updated: May 30, 2021 10:52:09 pm
Though Maharashtra extended the lockdown for the next 15 days while considering some relaxations of curbs depending upon the local situation in districts, it is unlikely to withdraw its decision of negative report of RT-PCR Covid test and e-pass for inter-district travel, a mandatory rule for those entering the state.
“Around 15 districts have the daily positivity rate, which is higher than that of the entire state. The situation in these districts needs to be brought under control, besides arranging sufficient beds for Covid patients,” State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said recently.
The state decided to extend the lockdown after taking a review of all districts. Tope said, “There will be relaxation in some restrictions but they will be declared by the chief minister. The district administration will have to decide on whether to impose additional restrictions during the lockdown, depending upon their situation.”
Mandatory negative RT-PCR report
Sources said restrictions for those entering the state will continue with mandatory negative report of RT-PCR test carried out within 24 hours. “The Covid situation in Maharashtra has improved but many states are still facing the heat. It will be safer to continue with the mandatory negative RT-PCR test report for those entering the state till the situation improves across the country,” he said.
The state government is still unable to decide whether to allow inter-district travel without valid reason. “E-pass was introduced for inter-district travel for those having valid reasons like health emergencies or urgent work. Some districts still have high positivity rates, so it will be risky to withdraw the condition for the entire state,” said a government official.
Essential and non-essential-category stores
The relaxations are likely to include increased working time for essential-category stores and opening up of business by non-essential-category stores. They will function as per the local situation.
Private offices will be allowed to operate with limited number of staffers. Covid-appropriate behaviour will be made mandatory for those coming to office. Most of the workers will be encouraged to work from home.
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