The state government of Maharashtra on Wednesday issued a series of restrictions to break the chain of transmission of the Covid-19 cases. These new restrictions are said be the severe ones with a title of “break the chain”.
Maharashtra has been reporting a highest daily spike of coronavirus cases.
These new restrictions will be in action from Thursday 8 pm to 7 am May 1.
As per the new restrictions, all private and government offices will only allow 15 per cent attendance of their staff until they are not directly involved in the management of coronavirus pandemic.
The offices which provide essential services will have to work at “lowest required capacity” and cannot extend more than 50 per cent of their workforce at a particular time. And those delivering series also need to be minimized but can be allowed to 100 per cent if needed.
For function like weddings the number of attendees is limited to 25 and they can be conducted “only as a single event in a single hall not extending beyond 2 hours”.
The statement government has ordered for a fine of ₹ 50,000 for violation of any of the above restrictions.
Private vehicles will only be allowed only if the reason is valid such as medical emergency, with no private buses allowed. No inter-city or inter-district travel will be allowed even with the private vehicles if it’s not emergency.
Violation of this rule will fine up to ₹ 10,000.
Private run buses will be allowed with only 50 per cent of their seating with no person standing inside the bus. No bus will be allowed to have more than 2 stopages. Violation of any restriction in this services will fine up to ₹ 10,000 and any repeatition of the violation may lead to cancellation of licence till the end of the pandemic.
All state-run buses are also allowed with 50 per cent of seating and no standing rule.
All those travelling through buses whether private or government will get hand-stamps so that they will be identified for 14 days of quarantine.
Government transport is only allowed for any government personally (state, centre or local), all medical personnel (doctors, paramedics and lab techs), any person needing medical treatment or any differently-abled person with his attendant. All of them will need to show their valid ID.
Maharashtra has been the worst affected state during the second wave of the coronavirus. On Wednesday it reported over 67,000 fresh Covid-19 cases with 568 fatalities, both at its highest single day spike.