Mumbai…! Although the coronavirus cases fell in Mumbai, a fresh order was issued on Friday evening by the Brihan mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) saying that COVID restrictions in the town are not relaxed for a while.
It was decided that the population density, heavy predictions of rainfall and the number of people coming on local trains were considered.
In this order, the BMC stated that the ‘level 3’ limitations of the state of Covid will continue in Mumbai. The BMC also stated that the same restrictions will be enforced throughout Mumbai, with no new curbs being implemented for the time being.
The BMC decision comes at a time when many cities, including Pune and Nagpur, are planning to open up even more due to a drop in cases.
The Maharashtra government announced a five-step unlock plan last week, under which the state’s districts were divided into five levels based on weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancies.
Districts with a positive rate of less than 5% and an occupancy of below 25% with oxygen beds were allowed to unlock without any restriction at the first level. In these districts, under level 1 all restaurants, centres, salons, cinemas, shops can be opened.
In addition, second level was designed for regions with a Positivity of less than 5% and Oxygen beds of 25-40%.
In districts below level 2, shops can reopen. But there have been partial relaxation at malls, restaurants, gyms and lounges. In this level too marriages and collections were permitted with a capacity of 50 percent.
Meanwhile, the districts are 5-10 percent positive and The BMC therefore decided to keep Mumbai in the category-3 of the government’s plan to ease restrictions caused by coronaviruses until further orders.
Most notably, the rate of infections in Mumbai fell to 4.40% and the occupancy of oxygen bed was 27.12%. Consequently, Mumbai can shift to lower-2 limits in accordance with the criteria of the state government.
The basic and the non-essential shops are allowed to remain open until 4:00 p.m. under level-3 restrictions, although malls, plays and multiplexes remain closed.
It is allowed to travel on suburban local trains only for essential services and government personnel.