Maharashtra Lockdown Extended Till Aug 31, Malls, Markets Allowed to Open

Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])

Soon after the Union Home Ministry issued guidelines for Unlock 3, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday extended the lockdown in the state till August 31.

The decision to extend the lockdown was taken as the state crossed the four-lakh mark in the day. Issuing the notification, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the decision has been taken as an emergency step to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Part of the state government’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ plan, malls and market complexes without theatres, food courts and restaurants will be operational between 9 AM and 7 PM from August 5.

In the notification, the state government said movement of people for purpose of non-essential activities like shopping and outdoor exercises shall be restricted within neighbourhood area limits with mandatory precautions of wearing masks, social distancing and personal hygiene.

It said that the unrestricted movement will be allowed only for attending places of work which are open, and for medical reasons.

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