MUMBAI: Several festivals including Holi are around the corner and with the huge spike in the Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state government announce for night curfew in Maharashtra from Sunday. An official said that a detailed notification is expected on Saturday.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the malls should shut by 8 pm after a meeting. Also, he added that Covid safety measures and if the norms do not adhere to; the state will be forced to take strict restrictions. Maharashtra enforces a night curfew from 28th March after the state records the highest number of Covid new cases this year. However, the food courts in Mumbai operate till 11 pm whereas shops in Mumbai malls are open till 9.30 pm.
Few local authorities have imposed strict restrictions on the gathering of more than four people, shutting of non-essential restaurants and shops in some northern suburbs.
Maharashtra CM Statements After Meeting
A doctor who attended CM Uddhav Thackeray meeting held on Friday said that several ideas discussed, from restricting train movement in Mumbai during the lockdown.
Another task force member, Dr Gautam Bhansali, said no question of a lockdown at the moment but different limits and restrictions could be announced. He also added to his words “it has been decided that Mumbai needs to be closely observed for two weeks before any tough decision is taken.”
On Friday, India registered 62,258 new Covid-19 cases, out of which 36,902 or nearly 60 per cent come from Maharashtra. Apart from this, Gujarat and Punjab also registered their highest number this year. There are over 4.52 lakh active cases now in India with 62 per cent in Maharashtra.