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Weekend lockdown to continue in Pune; mandatory negative RT-PCR for entry from other states

“It will be mandatory for every citizen coming from outside Maharashtra entering or planning to enter in PMC limits through any transport service to carry negative RT PCR test report for which the test has been done within the last 48 hours.”

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
May 15, 2021 10:55:51 am
Display banner across Pune Laxmi road to create awareness about wearing a mask and avoiding the Covid disease. (Express photo by Ashish Kale/File)

Despite witnessing a slight slowdown in the spread of coronavirus, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to continue with the weekend lockdown along with other covid-19 restrictions. A negative RT PCR test has also been made mandatory for any person entering the civic jurisdiction from other states till June 1.

However, since the RT PCR test facility is not available at all the entry points of the city, the citizens will have to get it done from the place they are coming from.

In an order issued on Friday, Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar said that the state government has extended the implementation of restrictions on public movement in the state till June 1 and the same will be implemented in civic jurisdiction.

All the earlier orders issued last month on imposing restrictions in the city will continue till June 1, he said, “It will be mandatory for every citizen coming from outside Maharashtra entering or planning to enter in PMC limits through any transport service to carry negative RT PCR test report for which the test has been done within the last 48 hours.”

The municipal commissioner said that the restrictions on citizens coming from `Sensitive Origins’ states and locations would be applied for citizens coming to the city from any state of the country.

As per the state government order, he said only two persons, including Driver and Cleaner or Helper, would be allowed with a Goods vehicle entering the city. “If the Goods vehicle is coming from other states then the citizens travelling in it will have to mandatorily carry a negative RTPCR report with them while entering the city. The test should have been carried out within the last 48 hours of their entry and the report would be applicable for seven days,” municipal commissioner said.

The milk collection, transport and processing units will operate without any restrictions but the establishments and shops selling it or doing home delivery will have to follow the rules applicable for selling of essential commodities in the city which is from 7 am to 11 am everyday. Citizens are allowed only to leave their home for medical emergency purposes.

 

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