The Maharashtra State government has enforced new directions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The fine for not wearing a mask has been increased from Rupees 200 to Rs 500. The state government decision has come in the wake of a second wave and after officials have consistently observed the citizens not wearing face masks, not maintaining adequate social distancing norms nor adhering to other laid out coronavirus protocols.
Going by the states renewed protocols the government has imposed a night curfew with intra-city travel between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM strictly prohibited. Furthermore, a congregation of two or more people is not allowed. Public spaces such as malls, cinema halls, parks and gardens will be shuttered down after 8:00 PM. Dining in options at establishments is also prohibited, however the option for home delivery is still operational.
Following concerns over a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, with the possibility of a second wave of the virus plaguing the state, the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray along with District Collectors and other state government officials deliberated and took the call to contain the Coronavirus spread. These restrictions will follow till 15 April 2021. Railway services with commenced since February this year will continue to remain functional, while offices and other professional establishments are to remain operational at only half capacity. An appeal has been made to citizens to travel to the workplace, temples, and travel in general only if absolutely required.
The CM has considered issuing a low economic impact lockdown however, that is yet to be decided, with discussions ongoing with the state COVID-19 task force. The task force has recommended a lockdown to prevent a second wave and be imposed in a way that does not financially impact businesses and other economic activities in a major way. Strict marking of containment zones has been ordered and civic bodies and the police force have been directed to take strict action against guideline violators.