Maharashtra Unlock: Restaurants, shopping malls reopen; check what's allowed, what's not
A five-level plan to Unlock Maharashtra started on Monday The Bridge Chronicle

Maharashtra Unlock: Restaurants, shopping malls reopen; check what's allowed, what's not

Finally, a five-level plan to Unlock Maharashtra has come into force on Monday

Mumbai: A much-awaited ‘Unlock’ started from Monday in Maharashtra, which suffered a huge loss amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A five-level plan to Unlock Maharashtra has come into force on Monday, delivering relief to the people in areas where cases of coronavirus have gone down considerably. As per the state government's plan, the easing of restrictions in a phased manner is being executed based on the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygenated beds in districts and cities.

As per the government 5-level plan, districts and cities falling in ‘Level 1’ will witness the minimum restrictions, while lockdown-like restrictions will continue in areas under ‘Level 5’. Check out the detailed plan of the Maharashtra Unlock below:

Level 1

Districts with less than 5 per cent weekly positivity rate and less than 25 percent occupancy rate of oxygen beds are categorised in level 1.

In these districts, malls, theatres and all shops can operate at normal timings. Similarly, restaurants, and other economic and recreational activities, including gyms and salons, will also be permitted to function in Level 1 districts. Train services and other public transport services will also continue. The state has also allowed weddings, funerals and other social gatherings without any restrictions in Level 1 areas.

Also, manufacturing and other industries will resume operations. Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Yavatmal, Washim, Wardha, Parbhani are categorised in the list of level 1 districts.

Level 2

Districts with more than 5 per cent weekly positivity rate and between 25 and 40 per cent occupancy rate of oxygen beds fall in level 2 category

Districts that fall under level 2 are Ahmednagar, Amravati, Hingoli and Dhule. In this level, both essential and non-essential shops can function regularly, while malls and theatres and reopen with 50 per cent capacity. Similarly, restaurants will be allowed for dine-in service with 50 percent capacity, while train services will remain operational for essential and medical staff.

On the other side, parks, private and government offices can function regularly while indoor games will be allowed from 5 am to 9 pm while outdoor games can take place the entire day. There will be no cap on funerals. Other activities such as gyms and salons can operate at 50 percent capacity with prior appointments. Inter-district travel will be regular and manufacturing will be allowed without any norms.

Level 3

Level 3 is defined where districts with between 5 and 10 per cent weekly positivity rate and more than 40 per cent occupancy rate of oxygen beds

Mumbai falls under the Level 3 category. In Level 3, shops selling essential items can operate till 4 pm, while those selling non-essential items are allowed till 4 pm on weekdays. Malls, theatres will remain shut in Level 3 districts. Similarly, restaurants can operate at 50 per cent dining capacity till 4 pm and thereafter be open for only deliveries and takeaways.

Local trains will operate only for people working in essential service sector. Public places and parks can remain open from 5 am to 9 pm. Private offices can be open on all days till 4 pm. Government office attendance will be limited to 50 per cent. Sports activities will be allowed from 5 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm.

Social gatherings such as marriages can allow 50 people and funerals can be attended by a maximum of 20. Construction sites will have in site workers and no labourers will be allowed to step out after 4 pm. Salons and gyms can open at 50 percent capacity and clients will be allowed by appointments only. No standing passengers in public transport.

Level 4

This is categorised where districts with weekly positivity rate between 10 and 20 percent and oxygen bed occupancy of more than 60 per cent. Districts such as Kolhapur, Satara and Sindhudurg and Pune fall under this category. In districts falling under Level 4, only essential shops will be permitted to open till 4 pm while shopping malls, theatres, single screens and auditoriums will be closed and restaurants can only open for deliveries.

No movement of people will be allowed after 5 pm on weekends. People belonging to the exempted category will only be allowed in private offices and government offices can operate at 25 percent capacity. Outdoor sports will be allowed from 5 am to 9 pm on weekdays. Salons and gyms will be allowed at 50 per cent capacity and only for vaccinated customers. Moreover, only 50 per cent of passengers will be allowed to travel in public transports.

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Level 5

This is the last level. The level is defined where districts with weekly positivity rate of more than 20 percent and oxygen bed occupancy of more than 75 per cent.

Like Level 4, only essential shops can remain open till 4 pm. Theatres and malls will remain shut. Restaurants will be open only for deliveries. Gyms and salons will be shut and public transport can run at 50 per cent capacity.

Train services will be operational for medical staff and parks will remain closed. Private offices will be allowed only for people belonging to the exempted categories and government offices will be allowed to function at 15 per cent working capacity.

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