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Maharashtra Removes E-Pass System; People With Valid Reason Can Travel Without E-Pass

Maharashtra is going on a complete lockdown for 15 days from 8 PM, April 14 to 7 AM, May 1, 2021. With the implementation of the curfew, all amusement parks, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, religious places will be closed. Shooting for films, serials and advertisements will not be allowed. Salons, parlors, and barbershops will remain closed. Schools, colleges, coaching centers will remain closed.

And while the Maharashtra government will allow private vehicles to ply for emergency and essential purposes, residents will not be allowed to move around the city without any valid reason. There is no requirement for an e-pass for essential and emergency services. Private vehicles can ply on the streets during the restrictions provided they have a valid reason.

Any default will be punishable with a fine of ₹1,000, the order said. Also, no standing passengers will be allowed in private buses. The staff is also directed to get vaccinated as per the government criteria.

Hotels And Restaurants Can Allow Takeaways And Home Deliveries
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a 15-day lockdown in the state, prohibiting all non-essential activities. Hotels and restaurants will remain closed, however, they can offer takeaways and home deliveries. No social, political or cultural gatherings can take place. The Returning Officer might give permission of political gathering for campaigning under the guidelines of the Election Commission with not more than 200 people or 50 percent occupancy. Marriages can be allowed inside a place of worship, with adherence to the protocols. Shops will remain closed, except those providing essential services. BMC Allows 24*7 Food Delivery In Mumbai: Here’s A List Of Eateries That Deliver Late Night Meals

Public Transport To Operate For Essential Service Providers
The curfew exempts essential services like hospitals, grocery shops, pharmaceutical companies, animal care services, cargo services, postal services, etc. Autorickshaws, buses, taxis, and trains can ply for essential service providers. Autorickshaws can allow 2 passengers, other than the driver. Four-wheelers can have drivers and 50 per cent seating capacity. Buses can have full seating capacity, but they cannot allow passengers to stand. For outstation trains, railway authorities will ensure that there are no standing passengers. Mask violators in public transport will have to face a fine of ₹500. Non-compliance of COVID appropriate behaviour in trains will result in a fine of ₹500.

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