Due to the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases, the Maharashtra government has announced lockdown in the state from March 28, 2021. Also, shopping malls will remain closed from 8 PM to 7 AM. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that more stringent measures will be taken if people do not follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Also, the government has allowed District Collectors to decide upon imposing lockdowns. The CM has also assured that the government won’t impose any sudden statewide lockdown. without prior notice.
Govt. Directs District Administrations To Expand Health Facilities
Night curfew will be implemented in the entire Maharashtra from March 28, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. All shopping malls in the state will remain shut from 8 PM to 7 AM. According to The Hindu report, Mr.Thackeray has said, “I do not wish to impose a lockdown and have no intention of doing so, but given the growing number of patients, there is a possibility of increased strain on the existing health infrastructure.” The government has instructed every district administration to expand the health facilities and make additional provisions. While Bengaluru Makes Negative RT-PCR Test Report Mandatory For Interstate Travellers
The State Has Put Restrictions On Celebration Of Festivals Like Holi
“Following a second wave in the U.K., things are gradually re-opening only now after a two-and-a-half month lockdown. A similar situation is transpiring here. The number of patients is increasing rapidly and it is not possible to say how much more the case tally will increase in the coming period. In such a scenario, there is a need to consider strict measures,” added Mr.Thackeray. Maharashtra and some other states have also put bans on celebrations of festivals like Holi and Navaratri. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has prohibited public, community and private celebrations during Holi and Rangpanchami. Speaking about the celebration of Good Friday and Easter in the state, the government has said, “If the church is smaller in size, then a special prayer meet should be held in the presence of 10-25 persons, and four to five special masses may be organised depending on the need.”