The rules, which come into effect tomorrow, include a curfew from 8 pm to 7 am and a ban on gatherings of five or more throughout the day.

COVID-19: Maharashtra announces night curfew, weekend lockdown amid rise in coronavirus cases

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With coronavirus cases on the rise, the Maharashtra government has decided to impose a night curfew across the state between 8 pm and 7 am from Monday, said NCP minister Nawab Malik.

The state government is expected to release further guidelines and detailed SOPs soon.

However, Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar has assured that no sudden lockdown will be imposed, as per The Times of India. “People will be informed before imposing restrictions and no sudden lockdown will be imposed in the state,” he said.

The rules, which come into effect tomorrow, include a curfew from 8 pm to 7 am and a ban on gatherings of five or more throughout the day. Maharashtra will also observe a weekend lockdown every week from Friday 8 pm onwards

Maharashtra’s cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh told reporters that restaurants and hotels will be allowed to offer to take away services only and no dine-in service will be available, theatres and multiplexes to be shut down, but public transport will operate at 50 percent capacity, news agency ANI reported.

According to NDTV, industrial operations and construction activity will be allowed, and film shoot will be allowed without crowds. Theatres, gardens and playgrounds will be shut.

The government will also be introducing rules to control crowding in vegetable markets. Everything except essential services will be closed on weekends.

The announcement came after Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray led a cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the situation in the state, just two days after he said he could not rule out a second lockdown to combat the spike in coronavirus cases in the state.





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