Maharashtra lockdown extended till June 15th. However, Chief Minister of the state Uddhav Thackeray said on Sunday that certain relaxations will be granted in the areas with a low positivity rate. Lockdown restrictions will be eased out depending on the case tally of districts.
The decision (Maharashtra lockdown) to enforce relaxations has been taken as the state’s recoveries have outnumbered fresh cases. The total number of active Covid-19 cases in Maharasthra stands at 2,71,801.
In the areas with a low positivity rate, a phased unlocking will begin with the following relaxations:
- Essential shops can be operated from 7 AM to 2 PM.
- The decision about opening non-essential shops (Standalone shops) is still pending. The Disaster Management authorities are in a discussion with the state government for deciding the operation timing.
- Delivery of non-essential items via e-commerce platforms will commence.
- Government Offices can function with 25% of attendance.
- Agriculture sector shops can remain open till 2 PM, on weekdays.
Covid curbs are expected to be eased in districts with a positivity rate of less than 10%. On the contrary, a stricter lockdown policy to be imposed in areas with a higher number of active cases. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackrey said, “I am not enjoying keeping the state in a lockdown but it’s the need of the hour”. The peak of the second wave of Covid is almost over and thereby many other states including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi are soon planning the unlock procedure granting ease in restrictions.