The government of Maharashtra, late on Friday night, issued an order stating that lockdown restrictions in the state will be relaxed from Monday on the basis of the COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds.
The order issued by the Chief Minister's office also shared a 5-level plan to lift the curbs in those districts and cities where positivity rates have dropped.
“There shall be five levels of restrictions for different classes/categories of activities. These levels of restrictions shall be applied based on two parameters: Case positivity rate and Percentage of Oxygen Beds Occupancy,” the order stated. The directive further stated that the pandemic situation will be assessed every Thursday by the state public health department.
According to the order, Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aurangabad, Vasai-Virar, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Sholapur and Kalyan will be treated as separate administrative units. The remaining 34 districts of the state shall form a separate single administrative unit.
In the first category, cities and districts, which have a positivity rate of five percent and the oxygen bed occupancy of less than 25 percent, will open up completely.
In the second category, cities and districts where the positivity rate is five percent and oxygen bed occupancy is 25 to 40 percent, essential and non-essential shops will be allowed to open as per the regular timings, but malls, theatres, multiplexes, auditoriums and restaurants will function at 50 percent capacity.
Easing of curbs under the third category will be applicable for the places where the positivity rate is five percent to 10 percent and the oxygen bed occupancy is more than 40 percent. In these districts, while essential services can remain open till 4 in the evening, non-essential services will be available till 4 but only on weekdays. Malls and multiplexes will remain closed in such districts, and restaurants can function with 50 percent capacity till 4 pm on weekdays only.
The fourth category is for the places where the positivity rate is 10 to 20 percent and oxygen bed occupancy is more than 60 percent. Essential services at such places will be open only till 4 pm. While the government will allow food parcels and takeaways in these districts, local trains will be restricted, except for medical and other essential staff.
In the fifth category, where the positivity rate is more than 20 percent and the oxygen bed capacity is more than 75 percent, only essential shops will remain open till 4 pm and the office attendance will be 15 percent.
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With inputs from PTI
First Published: IST