Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Maharashtra govt issues new guidelines amid threat of new Delta plus variant

Maharashtra government has issued new guidelines about the level of restrictions in the state and made it clear that now there will be only 3 levels instead of 5. Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte issued the new guidelines in the backdrop of the prevailing threat of the third wave as well as the traces of new Delta plus variant in some of the Covid patients in the state.

As per new guidelines, under level three restrictions, essential shops and establishments can remain open till 4 pm on all days in areas falling under level 3. Non-essential shops and establishments can remain open till 4 pm on weekdays. Restaurants will be allowed dine-in facilities with 50% capacity till 4 pm on weekdays and takeaways and home deliveries after that.

Use of suburban trains will be only for medical staff, personnel engaged in essential services and women. Gyms and salons will remain open till 4 pm with 50% capacity. Malls and theaters will remain shut. Government offices will work with 50% capacity whereas private offices will work till 4 pm on all working days.

Meanwhile, an 80 year old patient died in Ratnagiri due to Covid infection from a new Delta plus variant. Guardian Minister of Ratnagiri Anil Parab immediately took stock of the situation and directed the district collector to take all the precautions

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