New Delhi: A day after administrations of Amaravati and Yavatmal districts announced lockdowns of different durations, speculations are rife that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government is considering imposing new restrictions in Mumbai to contain the spread of coronavirus cases. However, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has clearly stated that lockdown will not be imposed in the financial capital.” The government is closely monitoring the situation, which is under control so far. Lockdown will not be imposed in Mumbai as of now”, a BMC official told a leading portal.Also Read - Maharashtra Lockdown News: Complete Shutdown Imposed in Amravati, Yavatmal Districts on Sundays as Corona Cases Spike
Yesterday, fresh restrictions were announced in Amravati, Yavatmal, and Akola districts of the state. While Amravati, which has been witnessing the highest number of COVID cases, has been placed under lockdown over the weekend — from Saturday evening to Monday, a ten-day lockdown from Thursday night was ordered in Yavatmal to bring the situation under control.
BMC’s Fresh Guidelines
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has intensified action against people found without masks in public, and will take action against function halls, gymnasiums and other establishments that don’t follow safety norms.
It has decided to impose penalties on function halls, gymnasiums and restaurants if the number of patrons/ attendees is found to be beyond the permissible limit, Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner, told PTI. These establishments will be prosecuted if they continue to flout the norms, he said.
The permissible limit of guests at function halls is 50, while restaurants are allowed to operate with 50 per cent occupancy at any given time. “We are going to ensure that there is no overcrowding at restaurants, bars, function halls, public gardens, nightclubs and cinema halls,” Kakani said.
The civic body has also decided to double the number of clean-up marshals, who can impose fine on those who do not wear mask in public, from 2,400 to 4,800.