Curbs on travel in MMR, shop timings
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday announced extension of the lockdown across the state till July 31. The notification issued by the state government has also restricted inter-district travel between municipal corporations within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) to that for office purposes and essential activities like medical reasons. The order comes a day after Mumbai police restricted non-essential travel beyond 2km of one’s residence.
The notification has also reduced the timings for non-essential shops. Earlier, non-essential shops could be kept open for their regular timings of 9am to 9pm, but as per the notification issued by the government on Monday, these have been restricted to 9am to 5pm.
Essential shops like groceries and chemists can remain open as normal. “Travel will be restricted for attending places of work which are open and for bona fide humanitarian requirements like medical reasons. And all non-essential activities like shopping and exercise will be restricted within the neighbourhood area limits,” said the order signed by state chief secretary Ajoy Mehta.
The Maharashtra government’s previous order of June 4 had stated that travel between municipal corporations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region would be allowed without restrictions and all shops could remain open for their full working hours.
State officials said that this decision had to be reviewed as there were too many people on the streets unnecessarily, and unrestricted travel is also one of the reasons for the increase in cases in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. Cases in satellite towns outside the city have grown considerably. Most of these towns have inadequate health infrastructure and limited testing laboratories. “Most of the relaxations given by the state are to start the economic cycle again, but there were too many people crowding on the streets. We have had instances of people taking their families for an outing at Marine Drive or Worli seaface. It seemed that people had dropped their guard,” a senior official stated.
All the other relaxations given under the state government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ policy, like private offices being allowed to function at 10% attendance, taxi, cabs and autos being allowed to ply for essential services and even outdoor activities like walking and jogging being permitted, continue to be in place.
According to Monday’s order issued by the state government, the powers to restrict movement or implement a stricter lockdown have been delegated to the local collectors and commissioners in case they find that cases are on the rise in a particular area.
The state notification also mentions that according to an order dated June 23, weddings with just 50 people and in nonair-conditioned halls and in open-air venues would be allowed across the state.
From Sunday, police have been vigorous in doing nakabandis