Unvaccinated Indians Banned From Entering Shopping Malls In This City!

The second wave hit us hard. It made us more cautious. And it seems that governments have become more cautious. They want to listen to the demands of people for relaxing of curbs and at the same time make sure that the mighty virus is not spiraling around us all over again. With this walk on a tight rope, it seems that Maharashtra Government is trying to find a fine balance.

Only fully vaccinated people are welcome at Malls in Pune

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister recently announced that shops in Pune and the neighboring township of Pimpri Chinchwad are allowed to remain open till 8 pm and restaurants are allowed to operate with 50 percent capacity till 10 pm. He also notified that malls in both the cities are allowed to remain open till 8 pm but only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter into them.

Restaurant owners, traders, and mall workers associations have been demanding that the timings of their establishments be extended. They also had staged a protest for putting forward their demands.

“Considering the constant positivity rate at 3.3 percent in Pune and at 3.5 percent in Pimpri Chinchwad, we are relaxing some norms for business. From Monday, all shops are allowed to open till 8 pm. However, shop owners and staff must wear masks and get themselves fully vaccinated. Restaurants are also allowed to operate with a 50 percent capacity till 10 pm. Pune rural areas will continue to remain under the current level-3 restrictions owing to a high positivity rate,” Mr. Pawar said.

The guardian minister of the Pune district also said, “The mall staff must get themselves fully vaccinated. Also, staff should undergo tests once every fortnight.”

The minister appealed to traders as well

While understanding the role of shopkeepers and traders in keeping the pandemic in check, the Deputy CM also appealed to traders to keep all the commercial establishments and markets closed in the limits of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad civic areas once a week on a day of their choice. 

According to the guidelines, Public gardens will be allowed to remain open in the morning and evening. In Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, except swimming, all other Sports activities are also allowed. Temples will continue to remain closed.

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