Mumbai, Pune : Shops, offices and industries will continue to remain shut in Mumbai and Pune. Deviating from the Union Home Ministry’s guidelines regarding the enforcement of the third phase of the nationwide lockdown, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has decided to retain a tighter leash over activities permitted in four out of the 14 red (hotspot) districts of Maharashtra. These include Mumbai, Mumbai (suburbs), Thane, Pune. Additionally, a total lockdown will also prevail in Malegaon municipal corporation limit in Nashik district. At the epicentre of the coronavirus infections in India, Maharashtra has so far reported 12,296 cases and 521 deaths, with the financial capital alone accounting for 8,359 cases. Maharashtra has also ruled that paan and tobacco shops will remain shut across the state.
Earlier on Friday, the Union ministry had announced that all standalone (single) shops, neighbouring (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes will also be permitted to remain open in areas outside containment zones, red zone or hotspot districts for coronavirus on certain conditions. But Maharashtra’s notification, issued on Saturday, stated that this exemption will not be extended to shops located in the area of all municipal corporations within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, the Pune municipal corporation, the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation, and the Malegaon municipal corporation, which collectively account for 91 per cent of cases in the state. While liquor shops will be permitted in other region, they won’t be permitted in these areas, officials further clarified. (Source : Indian Express)