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Maharashtra Mulling Relaxing Lockdown Rules, Districts May be Divided into 5 Levels

File photo of a deserted Gateway of India. (PTI)

File photo of a deserted Gateway of India. (PTI)

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led government has said that the implementation of these 5-level unlock strategy in Maharashtra will be done after a detailed review.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday said it is mulling relaxing restrictions and districts will be divided into five levels to facilitate this. The five-level unlock plan has been proposed to the state government and is under consideration.

A decision will be taken only after a detailed review, sources said.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led government has said that the implementation of these 5-level unlock strategy will be done after a detailed review.

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 15,169 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 57,76,184, and 285 fresh deaths and also added 268 previously unreported fatalities. The statewide toll rose to 96,751. As many as 29,270 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 54,60,589, a statement from the health department had said. The state now has 2,16,016 active cases.

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Here are level-wise relaxation guidelines proposed to the state government:

Level 1

Lockdown to be lifted in districts with less than 5 per cent positivity rate. Oxygen bed occupancy should be less than 25 per cent. Restaurants, malls, shops, local trains, public places, tourist destinations, public, private offices, theatres, shootings, gatherings, social entertainment, marriages, gym, salon, beauty parlors will be allowed to reopen in cities/districts such as Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Jalgaon, Latur, Nanded, Nashik, Parbhani, Thane, Jalna, Nagpur, Wardha, Washim, and Yavatmal.

Level 2

Section 144 to be applicable in this level. Gyms, salons, beauty parlors are allowed to reopen with 50 per cent capacity. Restrictions on gathering of number of people in marriages.

Cities/districts listed in level 2 are Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Amaravati, Hingoli and Nandurbar.

Level 3

Cities/districts in level three are Akola, Beed, Kolhapur, Usmanabad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Sangli, Satara, Palghar, and Solapur.

Level 4

Cities/districts which are listed in this level are Pune and Raigad.

Level 5

An e-pass will be required to travel if any city/district comes under level 5 due to the high number in Covid-19 cases. No need to carry RTPCR report for intra-state transport.

On June 1, the Maharashtra government had announced various exemptions from Covid-based restrictions depending on positivity rates and oxygen bed availability in various districts.

According to the guidelines issued under the Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government’s ‘Break the Chain’ initiative, establishments or shops involved in providing essential commodities should remain open from 7 am to 2 pm in municipal corporations or states with a Covid-19 positivity rate of less than 10 per cent and less than 40 per cent oxygen beds occupied. The Chief Minister had on Sunday extended the lockdown by 15 days.

As per the census of 2011, the municipal corporations that are having a population of more than 10 lakh will be considered as the independent administrative unit for curbing the spread of COVID-19. Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali, Vasai Virar, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik corporations will be treated as the administrative units, the order had said.

(With inputs by Vinaya Deshpande)

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