Maharashtra government facilitates travel, authorizes travel between districts in Mumbai metropolitan area

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A revised order Thursday said that no garden, outdoor gym and playground equipment will be allowed to operate

Mumbai:

On Thursday, the government of Maharashtra authorized the inter-district movement of people in the metropolitan region of Mumbai (MMR).

With 56,794 COVID-19 cases and 1,742 deaths to date, the Mumbai metropolitan area (MMR), which includes the city of Mumbai, the suburbs of Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and part of the Raigad district, is the most affected by COVID-19 in the state.

In revised guidelines released Thursday, the state government said that inter-district movements of people in the MMR would be allowed.

He also said that the inter-district movement elsewhere in the state as well as the inter-state movement will continue to be regulated.

The movement of stranded workers, migrant workers, pilgrims and tourists will continue to be regulated in accordance with standard operating procedures, he said.

Outdoor gymnastics gardens and equipment will not be allowed to operate in the context of outdoor physical activities, he said.

On May 31, the state government authorized certain outdoor physical activities as part of the first phase of its “ BeginAgain Mission ”.

A revised order Thursday said that no garden, outdoor gymnasium and playground equipment will be allowed to operate.

In phase two from June 5, all stores on one side of the road, track or passage will open for full working hours one day, while all stores on the other side of the road will remain open the next day and so on, the order says.

City commissioners as well as police commissioners should actively involve associations of market and store owners to effectively implement the arrangement and to enforce social distances and traffic management.

In the third phase, from June 8, private offices can operate with up to 10% staff or 10 people, whichever is greater, other employees working from home.

“All employers should undertake an awareness program to inform their employees of the proper precautions to take after they return home so that vulnerable people, especially the elderly, are not infected,” the order said.

From June 7, delivery of newspapers to the home will be made known to the recipient (client) and delivery personnel will wear masks, use a hand sanitizer and follow social distancing guidelines.

Offices and staff at educational institutions can operate for non-educational purposes, including developing electronic content, evaluating answer sheets, and reporting results, the order says.

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