Mumbai: BMC eases lockdown curbs

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Mumbai: BMC eases lockdown curbs

Mumbai: BMC eases lockdown curbs

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday has decided to ease the lockdown restrictions in Mumbai in a phased manner under ‘Mission Begin Again’.

According to the new guidelines, Malls and markets will be allowed to open from 9 am to 7 pm from August 5. While the kitchen of the restaurant will be allowed in malls where only home delivery via aggregators will be done. However, these shopping complexes will not be allowed to open theatres, food courts or restaurants.

The order also stated that all government offices (excluding emergency, health & medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, NIC, food and civil supply, FCI, NYK, municipal services) to function with 15% strength or 15 people whichever’s more. Private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people, whichever’s more.

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Inter-district movement of people within the area of Municipal corporation under the MMR for essential activities and office purposes will also be allowed.

Movement of people allowed in the following manner:

  • Taxi, cab aggregator: A driver with three passengers
  • Rickshaw: Two passengers along with the rider
  • Four wheeler: A driver and three passengers
  • Two-wheeler: One driver and a passenger with helmet and mask for both

“Outdoor non-team sports like Golf courses, outdoor gymnastics, tennis, outdoor badminton will be allowed with physical distancing. Swimming pools will not be allowed to operate,” the civic body said in a statement.

Additionally, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) also relaxed certain guidelines removing the Odd-Even rule and allowing all shops on both sides of the road to remain open.

“Liquor shops will continue to operate across the counter for sale & home delivery with strict observance of COVID -’19 National directives of Mask and social distancing,” the circular said.

All other activities including barber shops, salons, spas etc, which were allowed earlier, will also remain open in the current order. All types of e-commerce activities for delivery etc will also be allowed in the city.

Activities related to self-employed people such as plumbers, electricians, pest controls and garage menders will also be allowed.

On violation of such directives, FIR will be lodged against the owner of the shop and the person/s found violating the same and strict action shall be initiated, the statement added.