Maharashtra Unlock: The Maharashtra Government on Wednesday allowed the operations of hotels and restaurants till 10 pm in the state. As of now hotels and restaurants were allowed to operate till 4 pm only. According to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, shopping malls can also remain open till 10 pm but visitors need to be fully vaccinated. They need to show their vaccination certificates before entering.Also Read - Will be Easier to Stop Infection If...: Maharashtra CM Concerned Over Tracking of International Passengers Amid Omicron Threat

“The moment the daily need for oxygen comes up to 700 metric tonnes in the state, a full lockdown will be imposed, in the third wave. As other states also may need oxygen, it’s not clear if we can get what we need from the Centre,” he added. Also Read - Is Maharashtra Heading Towards Another Covid Lockdown? CM Uddhav Thackeray Makes A Big Statement

Earlier, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government also decided to allow more students to visit schools for offline classes. Also Read - Omicron Update! Bommai Govt Issues Fresh Guidelines For Those Travelling To Karnataka From These States

School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Tuesday said that the students of Classes 5 to 12 will be allowed to attend classes in rural areas from August 17 and in urban areas Classes 8 to 12 students will be allowed to visit schools. Maharashtra schools will reopen in areas where the coronavirus cases are under control.

On Monday, in the meeting between chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and the Maharashtra Covid-19 task force, officials discussed the possibility of granting further restrictions in the state. Besides Thackeray, the meeting was also attended by state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, Covid-19 task force head Dr Sanjay Oak and other members.

“The state government is now preparing new guidelines after receiving various suggestions and instructions from doctors, experts and government departments. The focus of the discussion was basically on how to introduce further relaxations while observing precautions,” said a government official.

The task force also discussed issues related to tackling of the possible third wave of the pandemic, the requirement of medical oxygen, increasing the pace of vaccination, effective implementation of tracing and tracking, among others, he said.