In the last few weeks, Maharashtra has seen a sharp spike in the Covid-19 cases. Due to this Maharashtra government has decided to impose a fresh lockdown from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am. Maharashtra Government has also issued a new set of guidelines that includes restrictions such as restricting movement at night and preventing more than five people from coming together.
In Amravati, the administration has announced a lockdown from Saturday 8 pm to Monday 7 am, excluding the essential services. The total number of Covid patients in the district has raised to 4,020.
The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and his Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had a confidential meeting to discuss the emerging situation in Maharashtra. This sudden lockdown doesn’t only affect the weekend vibe but it also seems night curfew would reappear.
Maharashtra Lockdown 2021 and its Guidelines:
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Residential buildings with more than five active Covid-19 cases will be sealed. Those who will be found flouting Covid-19 rules BMC will register offenses against them. Travelers from Brazil will have to remain under seven-day institutional quarantine. Home quarantine and stamping would be mandatory like before. Over 300 marshals have been deployed at the Mumbai locals to take action against passengers traveling without masks. These marshals are looking to catch 25,000 offenders every day. Weddings and gatherings would be checked to confirm whether Covid-19 norms are being maintained at these gatherings.
2. Amravati, Akola
The weekend lockdown will commence primarily from Amravati and Akola. The schedule announced for this lockdown is from 8pm on Saturday and will go on till 7am on Monday. This is to ensure that no market places are overcrowded during the weekend. Only medical shops and essential services will be allowed to open. This lockdown is only for this weekend post which the authorities will take the next steps after seeing the Covid-19 situation next week.
A 10-day lockdown has already commenced from Thursday night. Per day around 500 tests will be conducted in Yavatmal, Pandharkawada, and Pusa. Schools and colleges will remain shut until further notice or instructions. Weddings are allowed only with 50 guests.
The market places will be only be allowed to run until 7 pm. Eateries are allowed to operate only till 9 pm. To impose a fresh 100 percent lockdown, district authorities need centre’s permission whereas centre in its previous series of guidelines had mentioned how the reopening should be done in a controlled manner. Hence, these fresh orders are not being called lockdowns. The Vidarbha region of Maharashtra is seeing a spike in the number of Covid-19 positive cases. Out of 11 districts in the region, the five worst-hit are Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana, and Washim.