Updated: August 3, 2021 12:06:56 pm
THE MAHARASHTRA government on Monday issued a fresh ‘Break The Chain Order’ as per which Level-3 restrictions, which are presently in place across the state, will continue to remain in effect in 11 districts, including Pune.
These districts have comparatively higher Covid-19 positivity rates. Other districts will see a degree of relaxations, such as permission to markets to remain open till 8 pm on weekdays (the current deadline is 4 pm) and till 3 pm on Saturdays.
The decision is likely to rile up business owners in the city who are up in the arms over continued restrictions. On Monday, the Federation of Trade Association of Pune held a press conference, demanding that the shops to be allowed to open till 8 pm on weekdays. They had threatened to violate the restrictions if the government fails to take the “appropriate decision”.
Eleven districts where the Level-3 restrictions will continue are Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Beed, Raigad and Palghar. These districts have displayed higher number of positive cases, higher emergence of fresh cases in the districts of Sindhudurg, Satara and Ahmednagar, the respective disaster management authorities will impose effective restrictions in the said districts.
Level-3 restrictions, as specified by the government via June 4 notification, are the following:
- Essential and non-essential shops can operate till 4 pm. Movement of people will be restricted (barring for essential purposes) after 5 pm.
- Malls, theatres and single screens will remain closed.
- Restaurants can operate at 50 per cent dining capacity till 4 pm, and thereafter, remain open only for deliveries.
- Local trains will operate only for people belonging to the essential services category.
- Public places and parks can remain open from 5 am to 9 pm.
- Private offices can be open on all days till 4 pm. Government office attendance will be restricted to 50 per cent.
- Sports activities will be allowed from 5 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm. Shooting will be allowed provided there’s a bio bubble and no outside movement will be permitted post 5 pm.
- Social gatherings will have 50 per cent attendance; marriages can have up to 50 people and funerals can be attended by a maximum of 20 people.
- Society meetings and election rallies can have 50 per cent attendance.
- Construction sites will have in situ workers and no labourers will be allowed to step out after 4 pm.
- E-commerce activities will be operational.
- Salons and gyms will have 50 per cent capacity and clients will be allowed by appointments only.
- In public transport, no standing will be permitted. Manufacturing can happen regularly.
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