Headlines August 5, 2020
Shopping malls to reopen today in Mumbai with restrictions
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued fresh guidelines for Mumbai city’s lockdown rules. The guidelines follow Maharashtra’s Mission Begin Again rules.
Under the new guidelines, shopping malls and market complexes will be allowed to operate from 9 am to 7 pm from 5 August. However, these shopping complexes will not be allowed to open theatres, food courts or restaurants. Only the kitchens of those restaurants will be allowed in malls where there is home delivery.
All government offices, except emergency, health and medical, treasuries, disaster management, police, food and civil supply and municipal services will have to function with 15% strength or 15 people, whichever is higher. Private offices can operate up to 10% strength or 10 people.
According to fresh guidelines, all non-essential markets, market areas and shops will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Movement of people within Mumbai corporation will be allowed for essential activities and office purposes. Wearing a mask will be compulsory in transport system.
This is how people will be allowed to move around from today:
- Taxis, cab aggregators – Driver with three passengers.
- Rickshaws – Two passengers along with the rider.
- Four wheelers: Driver and three passengers.
- Two-wheelers: 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. Liquor shops will continue to operate across the counter for sale and home delivery with strict observance of COVID-19 National directives of Mask and social distancing. – Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
Breaking these rules will mean that an FIR will be lodged against the owner of the shop and the people found violating the same. Strict action will be taken.
Other activities like barber shops, salons, spas etc, which were allowed earlier, will also remain open. All types of e-commerce activities for delivery will also be allowed. Activities related to self-employed people such as plumbers, electricians, pest controls and garage mechanics will also be allowed.
The death toll in Mumbai now stands at 6,398 people.
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