Maharashtra government today extended the Covid-19 guidelines till 15 April following a steep increase in confirmed cases from various parts of the state.
The state government’s decision comes after a day when 36,902 new COVID-19 cases and 112 deaths were reported in the state.
The state government took the decision to extend the covid-19 related restrictions after Maharashtra is recording more than 30,000 fresh cases for the last few days. The state government earlier extended the restrictions till 31 March.
An official statement said, “Malls, restaurants, and gardens to remain shut in Maharashtra from 8 pm to 7 am beginning March 27; access to beaches restricted,” “Violation of the same will attract a penalty of ₹1,000 per head it said.”
The Maharashtra government has also put a ban on all types of social gatherings beginning March 27, closes drama theatres but home delivery of food at night exempted.
“Any person found to be without masks shall be fined an amount of ₹500. Any person found to be spitting in public places will be fined an amount of ₹1000″, said the statement.
The use of face masks and maintaining social distance will be mandatory.
Paan and tobacco in public places are prohibited. The activities already allowed and permitted from time to time shall be continued. However, a ban has been imposed on the rallies.
“Gatherings of more than five people will not be allowed from 8 pm to 7 am effective from midnight on 27th March. Violation will attract penalty of ₹1,000 per person on offenders.
“All public places including gardens and beaches will remain closed during the same period and violators will be fined with ₹1,000 per person. Not wearing of face mask will attract ₹500 fine while the same is ₹1,000 for public spitting,” as per the order.
It said that holding of social, cultural, political and religious gatherings in the state is being banned completely.
Auditoriums or drama theatres should not allow their property to be used for such events.
As per the order issued on Saturday, a board will be put up on the door of COVID-19 patients for a period of 14 days that will be counted from the day a patient is in home isolation.
The infected person will be stamped with the home quarantine seal, it said.
Looking at the alarming rise in cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier in the day ordered night curfew in the entire state from Sunday (March 28) onwards.
Maharashtra reported 35,726 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 26,73,461 in the state, as per the health bulletin on Saturday.
According to the state health bulletin, as many as 14,523 people recovered in the state from the disease in the said period. With this, the total number of recoveries in Maharashtra goes to 23,14,579 so far. However, the active cases of COVID-19 stand at 3,03,475.