COVID-19: Maharashtra Govt Extends Lockdown Till August 31
The decision comes on the day when the state registered 7,717 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to almost four lakh.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise relentlessly, on Wednesday (July 29), the Maharashtra government extended the lockdown till August 31 in the state. The government, however, issued new guidelines for Unlock 3.0 under Mission Begin Again for opening up of more activities in areas outside the containment zones. As part of this movement, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from August 5, said a notification issued by Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar. Wearing a mask is compulsory.
“Outdoor non-team sports like golf courses, outdoor gymnastics, tennis, outdoor badminton and malkhamb will be allowed with physical distancing. Swimming pools, however, will not be allowed to operate,” the notification said. All essential shops, e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items, all industrial units which are presently operational and home delivery of food will continue to be allowed. The notification added that the decision to extend the lockdown has been taken as an “emergency step to prevent and contain” the spread of COVID-19.
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