Mumbai: 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, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday. “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,” Rajesh Tope said.Also Read - 'You Can Not Board Mumbai Local Trains if ...', Maharashtra Govt's BIG Decision Every Mumbaikar Should Know

Earlier today, the Maharashtra government 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. “Shopping malls can remain open till 10 pm in the state but visitors need to be fully vaccinated. They need to show their vaccination certificates before entering,” Rajesh Tope informed. Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown Update: Thackeray Govt to Take BIG Decision Before Diwali | Read Details

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. Also Read - Maharashtra School Reopening News: Classes For Primary Section May Resume After Diwali, State Preparing SOPs  

“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, requirement of medical oxygen, increasing the pace of vaccination, effective implementation of tracing and tracking, among others, he said.