Updated: June 14, 2021 10:19:05 pm
Police officials said new lockdown-relaxation norms and movement curbs in the respective jurisdictions of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad came into effect at 10.30 pm and 6 pm respectively, on Monday.
As per the latest set of norms, shops in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) areas will function till 7 pm and restaurants and bars will be allowed to operate till 10 pm. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will continue to have the 5-pm closure limit for the functioning of all establishments.
Pune City Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta said, “We enforced the movement curbs in the Pune limits at 10.30 pm, thus giving a 30-minute window for people to reach home. We will use a model of checkpoints and night patrol to ensure that the night movement curbs are implemented.”
Ramnath Pokale, additional commissioner of police, Pimpri-Chinchwad jurisdiction, said: “We will continue to implement the movement curbs from 6 pm, allowing a window of one hour for people to reach home after establishments close at 5 pm.”
When asked about people moving from Pune to the PCMC jurisdiction, Pokale said, “They may face checking at some entry points and they will be asked to give a valid reason for their movement.”
In the first week of June, the Maharashtra government had rolled out a plan to implement five levels of restrictions, easing norms across administrative units in the state, based on case positivity rate and percentage of oxygen bed occupancy. Strictest of restrictions and least relaxations were meant for areas under Level-5.
The Pune district administration had initially classified areas under the municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad as Level 3, while the areas under remaining Pune district, which includes rural areas and municipal councils, have been classified as Level 4.
After the weekly review on Friday, the Pune Municipal limits were reclassified to Level 2, while the PCMC and Rural areas continued to be classified as Level 3 and 4 respectively.
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