Maharashtra Ends Lockdown With 5-Phase Plan: Malls, Theater, Shops Now Open!

The 5-level plan created by the state government to lift the curbs in districts and cities where positivity rates have dropped.
The 5-level plan created by the state government to lift the curbs in districts and cities where positivity rates have dropped.

A day after taking a U-turn, the Maharashtra administration, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government issued an order and said that lockdown relaxation will be relaxed in the state based on COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds. 

The new order will be implemented from Monday, June 7. 

Lockdown Relaxation Based On COVID-19 Positivity Rate

The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) shared a 5-level plan created by the state government. This will only lift the curbs in districts and cities where positivity rates have dropped.

“There shall be five levels of restrictions for different classes/categories of activities. These levels of restrictions shall be applied based on two parameters: Case positivity rate and Percentage of Oxygen Beds Occupancy”, the order stated. 

Five-level Unlock Plan 

Here’s All You Need To Know About Maharashtra’s 5-level Unlock Plan:

In Level 1

  • In these districts, malls, theatres and all shops can resume normal operations. 
  • Similarly, restaurants, and other economic and recreational activities, including gyms and salons, will also be allowed.
  • Train services and other public transport services will also remain functional. 
  • The state has also allowed marriage, funerals and other social gatherings without restrictions in Level 1 areas.
  • Manufacturing and other industries can resume operations in Level 1.

In Level 2

  • Both essential and non-essential shops can open regularly
  • Malls and theatres and reopen with 50 per cent capacity.
  • Train services will be functional for essential and medical staff.
  • There will be no cap on funerals.
  • Inter-district travel will be regular and manufacturing will be allowed without any restrictions.
  • Malls and theatres can operate at 50 per capacity. 

In Level 3

Mumbai falls under the Level 3 category, BMC commissioner said.

  • In Level 3, shops dealing with essential items can open till 4 pm, while those selling non-essential items are permitted till 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Malls, theatres will remain shut in Level 3 districts.
  • Local trains will operate only for people belonging to the essential services category. 
  • Public places and parks can remain open from 5 are to 9 pm.
  • Social gatherings will have 50 per cent attendance; marriages can have up to 50 persons and funerals can be attended by a maximum of 20 people.
  • Salons and gyms can open at 50 per cent capacity and clients will be allowed by appointments only. In public transport, no standing will be permitted.

In Level 4

  • In districts falling under Level 4, only essential shops will be allowed to open till 4 pm. 
  • Malls, theatres, single screens and auditoriums will be closed and restaurants can only open for takeaways and deliveries.
  • No movement of people will be allowed after 5 pm on weekends. 
  • Social gatherings have been prohibited and marriages shall not have more than 25 people, while attendees for funerals have been capped at 20.
  • Agricultural activities will be allowed till 4 pm and e-commerce deliveries of only essential items will be allowed.

in Level 5

  • For districts in Level 5, near-lockdown like restrictions will continue.
  • Only essential shops can remain open till 4 pm. 
  • Theatres and malls will remain closed. Restaurants will be open only for deliveries. Gyms and salons will be closed and public transport can run at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Train services will be limited for medical staff and parks will remain closed.
  • Funerals can have a maximum of 20 people.

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