With a gradual dip in coronavirus cases in the state, Maharashtra on Thursday has announced 5-level unlock plan by lifting coronavirus-induced restrictions. However, Mumbai local trains will stay shut for now, the state government said.
Disaster Management Minister Vijay Wadettiwar made the announcement after a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority on Thursday.
Wadettiwa said, “We have prepared a 5-level unlock plan for the State on the basis of positivity rate and status of occupancy of oxygen beds in the districts. Districts with the lowest positivity rate will have no restrictions.”
According to reports, lockdown can be lifted completely in districts categorised as Level 1 which covers 18 districts including Thane.
The lockdown-like restrictions, imposed in April this year when the second wave of the pandemic intensified, would be lifted in 18 districts where the positivity rate is 5 percent or less and the occupancy of oxygen beds in hospitals is less than 25 percent, he said.
These 18 districts are Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Parbhani and Thane.
What will reopen in these 18 districts?
1. Restaurants, malls
2. Gardens, walking tracks
3. Private, government offices will start with 100 per cent capacity
4. Theaters, shooting of films
5. Public events, wedding ceremonies with 100 per cent capacity
7. Gyms, salons
8. Buses can operate with 100 per cent capacity
9. Inter-district travel will be allowed
Maharashtra recorded as many as 15,169 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the total tally of infections in the state to 54,97,448.
As many as 285 deaths were reported in the state today, taking the total tally of fatalities to 96,751 in Maharashtra. At, least 29,270 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 54,60,589.
The number of active cases stands at 2,16,016.