Pune Ends Lockdown Partially: Weekend Shops Allowed To Be Open For Essential Goods
As there is a continuous drop in the number of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to allow essential shops to remain open on all days between 7 am to 11. This order will be implemented from May 29, Saturday.
A statement issued by the chief minister office (CMO) stated, “Though the positivity rate of the state is coming down, 10 to15 districts are reporting rapid growth in Covid-19 cases. There is also a rise in cases of mucormycosis. Active cases of the state have dropped to the tally of the highest cases recorded during the first wave. But we still need to be careful. Instead of completely lifting the lockdown, we will have to extend it from June 1 and also provide relaxations in the restrictions wherever necessary. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state administration to take steps accordingly after discussing the same in the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday.”
Relaxation In The Restrictions
Essential shops include grocery stores, vegetable and fruit vendors, mutton, chicken, egg and fish shops, bakeries, and sweet shops.
At present they are allowed to open from 7 am to 11 am on weekdays only.
But now, they will be allowed to open on Saturday and Sunday also between 7 am to 11 am.
Shops related to agricultural implements and farm produce, pet food shops, shops related to materials for the impending rainy season and optical shops will also remain open, states an order issued by PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
Why It Is Difficult For The State To Ease Down Restrictions?
The Maharashtra government will extend the coronavirus-enforced lockdown-like curbs in the state after June 1 and relax them later in a phased manner, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday.
On Thursday, Maharashtra recorded 21,273 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, prompting the state administration to extend the current lockdown due to the significant surge in infections in over a dozen districts. On Thursday, 2,61,151 tests have been conducted.
There are currently 301,041 active patients in the state, with 43,869 active patients in Pune and 28,683 active patients in Mumbai. The death toll has now reached 92,225 people, with Mumbai leading the way with 14,720 deaths, followed by Pune with 12,112 deaths.