India : Level – wise unlock plan to begin in Maharashtra
A day after taking a U-turn, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government issued an order and said that lockdown relaxation will be relaxed in the state on the basis of COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds. The new order will be implemented from Monday, June 7. The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) also shared a 5-level plan created by the state government to lift the curbs in those districts and cities where positivity rates have dropped.
In Level 1 districts, all shops, malls and PVRs can resume their operations. In Level 2 areas, malls and theatres can operate at 50 per capacity. Mumbai will fall in Level 2. In Level 3, shops dealing with essential items can open till 4 PM, while those selling non-essential items are permitted till 4 PM on weekdays. Malls, theatres will remain shut in Level 3 districts.
According to the public health department, the Level 1 districts currently are Aurangabad, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Jalgaon, Jalna, Latur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Parbhani, Thane, Washim, Wardha and Yavatmal. Level 2 will have Ahmednagar, Amravati, Hingoli, Mumbai and Dhule. In Level 3, Akola, Beed, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Osmanabad, Sangli, Satara, Sindhudurg and Solapur districts are included. Cities like Mumbai and its satellite towns, along with Nashik, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Aurangabad, Solapur and Nagpur will be treated as administrative units. The 34 districts apart from Mumbai will be treated as administrative units.
The cities and districts with less than 5% positivity rate and less than 25% occupancy of the oxygen beds come under ‘level 1’, while the areas with less than 5% positivity and 25 to 30% oxygen bed occupancy are termed as ‘level-2’ areas. The ‘level-3’ areas the ones with a 5 to 10% positivity rate or more than 40% oxygen bed occupancy, while the areas with positivity between 10 and 20% or more than 60% oxygen bed occupancy have been put under ‘level 4’. The areas with more than 20% positivity rate and over 75% oxygen beds occupied have been put in the ‘level 5’ category.