Maharashtra has decided to impose night curfew in all its cities starting Tuesday night (December 22). We explain what precipitated this move, and what travellers coming to Maharashtra need to watch out for.
Why has Maharashtra imposed night curfew?
In the backdrop of a new strain of the coronavirus emerging in the United Kingdom, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to impose a night curfew in all the municipal areas of the state starting Tuesday night. The curfew will be in place from 11 pm to 6 am and will remain in force till January 5. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, during an address to the state on Sunday, had said he was not in favour of night curfew or another lockdown, as the coronavirus situation is under control, though not completely. However, on Monday, after a meeting with senior state government officials and police officers, the Chief Minister announced the imposition of the night curfew.
Maharashtra night curfew: What will be shut?
All shops, barring essential services like medical stores, will have to shut down by 11 pm. All non-essential travel will not be allowed after 11 pm. The state will deploy police on the road to ensure compliance. More than five people cannot assemble outside during the specified hours.
Are there restrictions on international travellers?
The government has already suspended all incoming flights from the UK. However, all those coming from Europe or the Middle East will be allowed to enter Maharashtra.
What are the restrictions for those flying in from the UK?
The government has decided that all flights originating from the UK to India will be suspended from 11.59 pm December 22 till 11.59 pm on December 31. However, there are five flights in transit that will reach Mumbai airport before December 22 midnight. There are 1,000 passengers on these flights. All symptomatic passengers arriving from the UK will be shifted to Seven Hills hospital in Andheri for further tests and check-up. No RT-PCR tests will be conducted on arrival.
Asymptomatic passengers will be shifted to government/institutional quarantine. The BMC has booked over 2,000 rooms, including 1,000 rooms in budget hotels, for this. Passengers in institutional quarantine will have to go undergo mandatory RT-PCR test on the 5th and 7th day of the quarantine to be discharged.
Passengers will be discharged with the advice of seven-day mandatory home quarantine. “The charges of the hotels will be borne by the passengers as per their choice,” read the civic body quarantine guidelines for UK travellers.
What are the restrictions for those who are flying in from Europe and Middle East?
Seven-day institutional quarantine has been made compulsory for passengers arriving from other European and Middle-Eastern countries. If found symptomatic, passengers from these countries will be directly shifted to GT hospital. The non-symptomatic will be quarantined in city hotels.
Passengers in institutional quarantine will have to go undergo mandatory RT-PCR test on the 5th and 7th day to be discharged. Passengers who are discharged will have to complete their 14-day isolation in home quarantine.
What are the restrictions for those flying in from countries apart from UK, Europe and the Middle East?
All travellers coming from countries apart from Europe and the Middle East will be stamped and will have to be under home quarantine.
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