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BMC chief exclusive: One vaccine dose must for all employees to reopen shops; decision on cinemas soon

healthcare | Aug 13, 2021 12:57 PM IST

BMC chief exclusive: One vaccine dose must for all employees to reopen shops; decision on cinemas soon

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BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal told CNBC-TV18 that restrictions will be lifted in Mumbai once the 100 percent target of vaccination is achieved.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief Iqbal Singh Chahal on Friday said the target is to vaccinate all the residents of Mumbai against COVID-19 by the end of November this year. In an exclusive interview with CNBC-TV18, Chahal said once the target is achieved, then all the restrictions will be lifted.

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He said children below 18 years of age will be allowed to visit shops, malls, and restaurants from August 15 as restrictions will be eased in the financial capital.
As the COVID-19 cases declined in Mumbai, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced ease in the restrictions from August 15. The order said people will be allowed to travel in local trains and visit shops, malls, restaurants after 14 days of the second dose of the vaccine.
"21 lakh Mumbai residents have been vaccinated with both doses of vaccine," said Chahal.
All restaurants and shopping malls will be allowed to operate till 10 pm from August 15. The restaurants can function at 50 percent capacity.
For local trains, special passes are being issued from August 13 after the verification. The passes can be taken both online and offline.
The BMC chief said that the decision on reopening cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes will be taken in a fortnight. Currently, these places are closed. "We are reopening in a graded manner," he said.
On Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, Chahal said the standard operation procedure (SOP) will be similar to last year's to contain the spread of COVID-19. The 11-day festival will begin on September 10 and end on September 21.
Chahal added that the state Task Force has alerted that Mumbai should be prepared for a possible third wave in September.
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