New Delhi: Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray announced a 15-day curfew across the state from today in view of the alarming surge in coronavirus cases.
Thackeray stopped short of enforcing a lockdown but announced tough restrictions for the next 15 days that include a ban on gatherings and only essential activities to break the chain of COVID infections that he said were “exploding dangerously” in the state. “The war has begun again,” he said, addressing the state on the massive surge in cases.
From today, Section 144 — a rule that prohibits groups of more than four people — will be in place across Maharashtra and only essential travel and services will be allowed, said Thackeray, urging people to move to Work From Home and observe a “Janata Curfew” voluntarily. From 7 am to 8 pm only essential services will function, related to health care, banks, media, e-Commerce and fuel.
Shopping centres, malls, film shoots, beaches will be shut. Curbs will remain for hotels and restaurants, though home delivery and takeaways will be allowed. Shopkeepers and others in essential services will be fined if they do not follow Covid rules, including vaccination.
In his lead-in to the new restrictions, he said Maharashtra had recorded 60,212 COVID infections and 281 deaths.