Maharashtra Lockdown News: Maharashtra govt says ‘complete’ lockdown not in the offing, restrictions needed to break infection chain | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: After concerns were expressed by various sections of the society on the impact of yet another lockdown on the working class and the businesses in the state, the Maharashtra government has said that a ‘complete’ lockdown is not in the offing, however some restrictions will have to be imposed to break the infection chain.
The state is not likely to regulate regular shop timings, but places with more footfall malls, restaurants, cinema halls may be shut. However, delivery services and take home services will be allowed. These establishments are only allowed to keep open till 8pm since Sunday.
The state will implement strict vigil on gatherings like weddings and funerals.
Aseem Gupta, secretary, state relief and rehabilitation department told TOI, “Discussions are going on for stricter measures in Maharashtra, but at this moment, a 100% lockdown is not in the offing. Nobody is advocating a full lockdown, including the Union government.”
Currently, as far as the foreseeable future is concerned, the aim is for stricter restrictions and making their implementation foolproof, instead of a full lockdown like last year.
Public health minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said that the state is working out a plan to keep a balance between economic activities.
“A complete lockdown will be unaffordable for the state. However with the cases going up causing a possibility of healthcare infrastructure falling short, some strict measures will have to be imposed,” said Tope.
Senior officials said that local trains are not likely to be shut for the common public. An official said that the state does not want people to sit at home but continue with their jobs by adhering to all the rules, employment, the economy of the state should not be adversely affected.
State chief secretary Sitaram Kunte who is reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state, may issue new guidelines by the end of this week.
Viren Shah of the retailers association said “We are opposed to any kind of direct or indirect lockdown in business. Business survival needed. Need of the hour is health infrastructure and vaccination to be increased,” said Shah.

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