Maharashtra: What will remain opened and closed till March 31
New Delhi : In wake of rising cases of coronavirus in Maharastra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced that all the private offices will remain shut till March 31. He also claimed that the attendance in government offices will be brought down to 25% from current 50%.
Meanwhile, it appears like a lockdown situation to contain the virus, here are things which will remain opened and closed till March 31.
1) All workplaces in major cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Pune, will remain closed till 31 March. This will be applicable in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur.
2) The attendance in government offices will be brought down to 25 per cent from the present 50 percent on rotation basis.
3) Thackeray said only essential services will remain open which include food, milk and medicines.
4) Banks will remain functional. BSE, NSE, commodity markets will remain open, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said.
5) The decision to shut down public transport like buses and local trains will not be taken as of now. "Trains and buses are the city's lifeline and cannot be stopped. I have been advised to take this step. But doing this will affect movement of those working in places which provide essential services to the city," he said.
6) Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad announced that all exams of class 1 to 8 have been cancelled and all students will be promoted to next classes without the examinations. "Exams for class 9th and 11th will be conducted after April 15, 2020. Teachers, except of class 10th, can work from home. Two papers of class 10th are left and these papers will take place as per the schedule. These decisions are for SSC Board," said Gaikwad.
7) The Brihanmumbai Municipal corporation, along with the help of Mumbai Police, is going to track the movement of the travellers who have been advised home quarantine using mobile GPS. After facing several cases of violation of 14-day-long home quarantine, city authorities, in a joint meeting on Thursday, decided to track the movement of people under home quarantine.
8) In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Siddhivinayak Temple and Mumbadevi Temple are closed till further notice. Several prominent temples such as Shirdi Saibaba Temple, Pune's Kasba Ganpati Mandir, Dagdusheth Shreemant Dagdusheth and Halwai Ganpati Mandir have also shut down in an attempt to contain the outbreak of the virus.
9) Mumbai's famed dabbawalas have also suspended their tiffin services till 31 March in view of the coronavirus situation.
10) With the closure of gyms, airports and film studios, Bollywood stars are also forced to stay indoors. Celebrity photographers in the city say they are struggling to come up with newer ways to keep their followers happy. Gyms, malls and screenings are the "hotspots" for photographers to click the celebrity as there is a huge demand for "who wore what" on social media.