Maharashtra announces ‘Mini Lockdown’: Read more about new guidelines, restaurants’ request and shopkeepers’ protest

Mini lockdown in Maharashtra

Lockdown returns in Maharashtra but with partial restrictions. With the cases on a high, the state government has imposed a mini lockdown. Here are the guidelines:

  1. Night curfew imposed from 8 pm to 7 am. Also, there is a ban on public gatherings.
  2. Weekend lockdown from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday. Only essential services and transportation have been excluded and are permitted to run.
  3. Delivery staff of e-commerce services like Swiggy, Zomato, Amazon, etc are to be vaccinated immediately.
  4. Only two passengers allowed in auto-rickshaws, 50% of the passenger capacity allowed in taxis, public buses to run in full capacity with no standing passengers allowed. Also, the drivers need to carry a negative Covid-19 report.
  5. Only shops offering essential services like groceries, medicines and vegetables are allowed to stay open. All other shops, malls, markets, cinema halls, salons, restaurants, bars remain closed.

Just when the hospitality industry had started showing signs of recovery after the lockdown, the new guidelines have sent them shock waves. Their businesses are being heavily affected by the night curfew which is from 8 pm to 7 am, as most of their orders come after 8 pm. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India has requested the state government for support and asked for some signs of relief.

In some areas of Maharashtra, namely Ulhasnagar and Seawoods in Navi Mumbai, shopkeepers were seen protesting against the mini lockdown. More than hundreds of shopkeepers were seen staging protests on the streets and raising slogans opposing the lockdown. Some even opposed the police when they came to shut the shops.

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