Maharashtra relaxes Covid restrictions in some districts; malls, gyms to reopen
Mumbai/IBNS: The Maharashtra government on Monday relaxed the restrictions put in place to curb the COVID spread and allowed shopping malls, gymnasiums and salons to reopen for functioning.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also eased several curbs in the city.
The relaxations will not apply to 11 districts where the virus caseload continues to be high. These districts are Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Pune, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Beed, Raigad and Palghar.
In Mumbai, all shops can now stay open till 10 pm on all days while hotels and restaurants have been allowed to operate till 4 pm.
All indoor and outdoor sports facilities, except swimming pools, have been given a nod to remain open.
In the other districts that will see relaxations, shops and shopping malls can remain open till 8 pm on weekdays and 3 pm on Saturdays.
On Sundays, all shops except those trading in essential items will have to remain shut.
Restaurants can provide dine-in services with 50 per cent capacity till 4 pm on weekdays. Take away services will also continue alongside.
As per the order, public gardens and playgrounds can stay open for exercise, walking, jogging and cycling.
In these districts, government and private offices have been allowed to operate with their full capacity.
The offices have been directed to implement staggered timings to avoid crowding during travel.