Latest News Update: Strict Lockdown in The State From Tonight Till May 1; Restrictions on local Travel

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A strict lockdown has been declared in the state from 8 pm tonight till 7 am on May 1. Only essential service personnel and government employees are allowed to travel locally.

Mumbai: Considering the growing threat of corona, a strict lockdown has been imposed in the state to break the chain of infection. There will be severe lockdown in the state from 8 pm tonight (April 22) to 7 am on May 1. Only essential service employees and government employees are allowed to travel by local, metro and mono. Apart from this, a district ban has been decided for private travel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the nation, had made important statements about lockdown. He had told the states that lockdown should be the last resort. Against this backdrop, all eyes were on the decision taken by the Maharashtra government. The state cabinet meeting was held on Tuesday.

At the meeting, all the key ministers had called for a strict lockdown. After the meeting, Chhagan Bhujbal, Eknath Shinde, Rajesh Tope and Jitendra Awhad had made similar statements. All of them were saying that there was no option but strict lockdown considering the state of Corona in the state. Accordingly, a decision has been taken today. Guidelines have been issued regarding lockdown.

New Order has Been Issued Under Break the Chain

A new order has been issued under Break the Chain. According to the order, all government offices in the state government, central and local administrations will now have to run with only 15 per cent staff capacity. The hall can be booked for just two hours for the wedding ceremony. Only 25 people can attend the wedding.

In case of violation of this rule, a fine of Rs 50,000 will be imposed on the concerned families. In addition, the hall will have to be closed till the curfew is imposed. Private passenger transport (excluding buses) can only be done for essential purposes. Drivers will be able to carry only 50 per cent of the maximum seating capacity.

It will be possible to travel from one district to another and from one city to another only for emergency services or medical emergencies. Violation of this rule will result in a fine of Rs 10,000. Private buses will be allowed to run at 50 per cent capacity. Those traveling by bus to another city or district will have to stay home quarantine for 14 days.

The bus operator will be responsible for stamping as such. State Transport Corporation buses as well as local transport services will be able to run at 50 per cent capacity.

Restrictions have also been placed on local, metro and mono rail travel. All these services have been discontinued for the general public. Only government employees, health workers, people in need of treatment and the disabled will be allowed to travel by local. Government employees will get the ticket or pass only after showing the official identity card.

If you want to travel from one district to another or to another city by long distance train in the state, 14 days home quarantine will be mandatory.