Maharashtra Weekend Lockdown: What’s allowed, what’s not

Maharashtra government on Friday issued detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) on how to navigate through the lockdown.
Maharashtra Weekend Lockdown: What’s allowed, what’s not
Maharashtra government has announced a strict weekend lockdown in the state. Pixabay

Maharashtra government on Friday provided clarity on its decision to implement the weekend lockdown in the state and issued a detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) on how to navigate through the lockdown. After a rapid rise in number of coronavirus cases, Maharashtra had announced a strict lockdown over the weekend. The lockdown will be place from Friday 8 pm till Monday 7 am. From movement of domestic helps, drivers and cook to students appearing for exams, here is what’s allowed and what’s not during the weekend lockdown.

Can supermarkets to malls like D-Mart, Big Bazar, Reliance remains open?

Any establishment selling essential items as per the govemment orders April 4-5 can remain open between subject to strict adherence to Covid-19 appropriate behavior. If the shops are selling multiple items, some of which do not fall under essential items, those may remain closed.

During weekend lockdown which activities will remain open, and which will remain closed?

All activities categorised under essential services can remain open. No person can move without a valid reason, which includes reasons specified in the order as well as reason for requirement of perfoming an essential service.

Can APMC market be kept open during weekend lockdown?

Yes. subject to strict adherence to Covid-19 appropriate behavior. If the local authorities feel that indiscipline in any APMC can lead to further transmission of the virus, don they may close the same after seeking permission from the State Govemment. It is expected that local authorities will keep an strict vigil over these.

Can shops providing construction materials remain open?

No, says the government.

Can garages servicing transport services and shops of automotive spare parts remain open?

Garages being incidental to requirement of transportation may remain open.

Shops shall remain closed. Local authorities are keep strict vigil on these and if any garage is found defaulting the Covid-appropriate behavior, it may be closed till the operation of Covid-19 disaster notification remains in force.

Can students who have to appear for an exam travel during the lockdown?

Yes, students appearing for exams can travel with one guardian or parent while carrying exam hall tickets.

Can domestic help/maids allowed to travel during the lockdown?

Yes, movement of domestic helps, drivers and cooks are allowed between 7 am to 10 pm.

Can employees of Central government, PSU etc. be treated as an essential service provider?

No. All employees of Central Government and PSU's cannot be treated as essential service providers. However, Central Government / PSU employees belonging to sectors categorised as essential services fall under ambit of essential service providers.

Can a citizen buy liquor?

Yes. In accordance with the government orders, citizens can buy liquor from bars (on take away basis) or as home delivery from the bars as per the time window provided for restaurants and bars. This is subject to rules of the excise department.

Can Liquor shops remain open/ do home delivery?

No, says the government

Can roadside dhaba remain open?

Yes. But the rules applicable to restaurents will apply - No seating- only take away; delivery allowed.

Can electrical home appliance (e.g. AC, Cooler, Fridge etc.) repairing shops remain open?

No

Can telecoomunication devices (e.g. Desktops/Laptops, mobile etc) remain open?

No

Can restaurants supply home parcels post 8 pm and before 7 am and on weekend?

Parcels are allowed to be picked up from restaurants by customers themselves during weekdays from 7 am to 8 pm. No parcels can be picked up by the customer beyond these times and on weekends. However, home deliveries through e-commerce are allowed beyond these times and on weekends subject to regular timings as decided by local authorities.

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