“Break the chain” orders will be in force till 15th June

Relaxation for districts will be granted on availability of oxygen beds and spike in Corona patients

Mumbai:- Instead of implementing the ‘Break the chain’ order uniformly in the state, the restrictions will now be relaxed or made more stringent till 7:00 a.m. on 15th of June by taking into account the positivity rate in the municipality  jurisdiction and areas of districts and the availability of oxygen beds at various places.
The statistics and other data for positivity rate and availability of oxygen will be taken into account till the weekend as of May 29, 2021.
Municipalities will be separate administrative units
As per the census of 2011, the municipal corporations that are having population of more than 10 lakhs will be considered as independent administrative unit for curbing the spread of Corona-19. Brihan Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan- Dombivali, Vasai –Virar, Pune, Pimpri –Chinchwad, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik will be treated under this unit. Barring the jurisdiction of these corporations, rest of the part of district will be a separate administrative unit.

District and municipality with less than 10percent positivity rate
The Municipal corporations or regions of the district with less than 10 percent Covid-19 positivity rate and where the availability of occupied oxygen beds will be less than 40 percent (according to 12th May 2021 Break the chain order), the restrictions will be relaxed as follows:-

All the establishment/shops engaged in essential commodities and services that are presently opened from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. can now remain open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The decision for keeping open all the shops and establishments that does not fall in the essential category will be taken by local disaster management authority (LDMA) but their timings will be at uniformity with those shops and establishment falling in the essential group. Similarly, they will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

In such regions, along with the essential commodities, the non -essential goods and services can also be distributed through E-Commerce system.

However after 3 p.m. except medical services and medical related emergency, there will be restrictions on commotion and traffic.

Besides the offices that are working for Corona related services, all other government offices can work with attendance of 25 percent employees and if the chief of any of these departments need attendance more than 25 percent, they can take the permission from disaster management authority.

All the agricultural work and equipment related shops will be open on the working days till 2:00 p.m. considering the monsoon and sowing period. The local disaster management authority can give the permission to increase the timings of such agriculture related goods and service providers or can also give a nod to remain open on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.

For districts and corporations having more than 20 percent positivity rate

From the above corporations and districts, if any of them is having the positivity rate more than 20 percent and more than 75 percent of oxygen beds are occupied, the restrictions implemented by the order of 12th May 2021 ‘Break the chain’ will be made more strict as follows:-

The borders of such districts will be totally closed and no person will be allowed to enter or exit from such districts. The exceptions will be death from a family, medical reason and emergency services or services related to such situations.

The restrictions of break the chain as of 12th May 2021, will be implemented in all the districts and Municipal Corporation jurisdictions that do not fall in the above administrative unit.

It is once again clarified that the restrictions will not be implemented for the transportation of goods for shops but the shops will not be permitted to sell their goods or provide services after the given time is over. If anybody is found violating the rules, the shops or establishment will be closed down till the Corona virus pandemic lasts. Similarly, fine can be levied against them as per the order of 12th May. The home delivery will be open as per the timings decided by the disaster management authority.

Break the chain order of 12th May 2021 for information and reference

Any person entering in the state of Maharashtra by any mode of transport will have to carry the negative RT-PCR test report which will have to be issued from up to a maximum of 48 hours before the time of entry in Maharashtra.

All the restrictions that have been made applicable to persons arriving from places of ‘Sensitive Origins’ as per the order dated 18th April and 1st May 2021 will be applicable to any one arriving from any part of the country into the state.

For cargo carriers, not more than two people (driver plus cleaners/ helper) may be allowed to travel in the same. If these cargo carriers are originating from outside the state, they may be allowed to enter in the state with a negative RT-PCR test which will have to be issued up to a maximum of 48 hours before the time they entering Maharashtra. This will be valid for seven days.

The local disaster management authority (DMA) will keep special vigil over the rural Markets and Agriculture produce Market Committees (APMC’s) and ensure that Covid-19 appropriate behavior and if it finds any such place as difficult to manage and discipline to ensure non spread of Covid-19 epidemic, the local DMA may decide on a case-by-case basis to shut this or can impose more restrictions.

The milk collection, transportation and processing may be allowed without restrictions though the retail sale shall be permitted subjected to restrictions imposed on shops related to essential items for true home delivery.

 Personnel engaged in airport and Port services and need to move cargo related to medicine or equipments needed for Covid-19 management will be permitted to travel in the local, Mono or Metro trains.

Local DMA main decide to impose more restrictions, generally or specifically, in particular areas with the intimation of the SDMA and shall give at least 48 hours of public notice before implementing more restrictions.