Maharashtra government announces harsher restrictions till 1 May amidst surge in COVID-19 cases


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on announced new restrictions akin to last year’s lockdown as made a televised address on the dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.

Although Thackeray did not call the new restrictions a ‘lockdown,’ under the new guidelines, all establishments, public places, activities would remain closed. Essential services have been exempted from the new restrictions. New restrictions would come into effect from 8 PM on 14 April and remain in force till 7 AM on 1 May.

Cinema halls, theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, gyms, sports complexes will remain closed for the next 15 days. Film and TV shootings too will remain closed, while there will also be ban on all shops, malls, shopping centres not performing essential services in this period.

All places of worship, schools and colleges, private coaching classes, barbershops, spas, salons and beauty parlous will remain closed from tomorrow till 7 AM on 1 May.

E-commerce will be only allowed for the delivery of essential goods and services. No religious, social, cultural or political functions will be allowed during the next fortnight.