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Mission Begin Again – Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has announced the next round of Mission Begin Again measures in the state from 1st September, 2020.

What has been allowed is

30% attendance is allowed in private offices, but metro is not allowed though MHA has contemplated starting metro operations from 7th september onwards, Maha govt. has not allowed that. If 30% of the staff are allowed to travel to work, how will they travel? I have seen that travelling by BEST buses is next to impossible because there is lot of queues in the bus stops, there is virtually no social distancing taking place in the bus stops. Plus BEST buses allow only one person to sit per seat. This logic i am not able to understand. When airlines are allowing all 6 seats in a row including the middle seat, why is BEST not allowing two people to sit on the seats. With the result, what is happening is that travelling by BEST buses has become extremely difficult and dangerous too, due to covid and non existence of social distancing taking place.

MHA had allowed sports events upto 100 persons participating with proper social distancing, masks etc. but Maha govt. has not allowed that.

Schools, colleges will be closed upto 30th September, and so will cinema halls, swimming pools, International air travel (this should have been allowed selectively), bars, auditoriums, assembly halls etc. Places of worship continues to remain closed.

Hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity. No restriction on inter-district movement of goods & persons. Passenger movement by private bus/ mini bus allowed. All from 2nd September 2020 onwards.

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Maha Govt. lockdown guidelines

The Maharashtra Government lockdown guidelines is out for the state of Maharashtra effective from 1st June to 30th June, 2020. I am sure you can view the detailed guidelines on the internet.

What has been allowed is outdoor physical activities like walking, running, cycling etc. with proper social distancing norms, masks etc. Solo running is allowed but not group activities

Activities related to self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest-control and technicians with social distancing norms and usage of masks and sanitization. (This should have been allowed long back considering the most essential nature of their service, anyways better late than never).

Garages to mend vehicles and workshops with prior appointments. – allowed (prior appointment is always taken when you take your car to the maruti service station for maintenance/ repair – this has always been the practice)

All the above are allowed from 3rd June, 2020

All markets, market areas & shops, except malls and market complexes, are allowed to function on PI-P2 basis (shops on one side of the road/lane/passage to be opened on odd dates while shops on the other side on even dates) from 9 am to 5 pm with following conditions. (not clear whether it includes hawkers as well but my gut feeling is that roadside hawkers will take a long time to come back to business – years even)

This is allowed from 5th June, 2020

All private offices can operate with up to 10% strength as per requirement, with remaining persons working from home. However all the employers will take sensitisation programs to educate the employees to take adequate precautions on returning home so that vulnerable group especially the elderly is not infected. (this is allowed from 8th June, 2020)

Intra district is allowed with 50% capacity which means BEST buses can take on general public to the extent of 50%

This is what has been changed from the last lockdown on 17th May 2020.

What is not allowed from the MHA order is malls, hotels, restaurants, places of worship, barbers, hair saloons, beauty parlours. Maha Govt is more conservative in that regard. But the government has said that they will take a call on these items and will issue guidelines separately. So we might see some relaxations even before 30th June, 2020 in these items.

Still the no. of active cases in Mumbai are exceeding 1400 per day, so the Govt. needs to be careful in that regard.

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