Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announces curfew-like restrictions in the state from April 14 to May 1

In a 38-minute speech to the state, Uddhav Thackeray declared strict curfew-like restrictions from 8 pm on April 14 to May 1, exempting only essential services. He has also announced a Rs 5,476-crore relief package for those who will be affected across sectors amid this lockdown. 

Looking at the increasing numbers of the COVID-19 cases in the country Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has imposed section 144 in the state for the next 15 days starting from today i.e April 14. 

In a 38-minute speech to the state, Uddhav Thackeray declared strict curfew-like restrictions from 8 pm on April 14 to May 1, exempting only essential services. He has also announced a Rs 5,476-crore relief package for those who will be affected across sectors amid this lockdown. 

According to the order issued, no person is allowed to go to a public place without a valid reason. All establishments, public spaces, activities and services will remain closed. Only essential services will remain open between 7 am and 8 pm on working days.

Shooting for films, serials and advertisements will remain closed and for marriages, only 25 people will be allowed.

Talking about public transport the CM mentioned that trains and bus services will function as per the regular schedule. Essential services like groceries, vegetable and fruits vendors, dairies, bakeries and all types of food outlets will be open.

For the manufacturing sector, industries that require essential time to stop and restart operations can run at a maximum of 50 per cent capacity. 

Thackeray has announced a relief package of Rs 5,476 crore. He stated the government will provide 3 kg of wheat and 2 kg of rice per person free of cost for one month to beneficiaries of the Food Security Scheme.

During this time 'Shiv Bhojan Thali', will be available free of cost to people for one month with a target of 2 lakh thalis in a month.

Furthermore, he averred, Rs 1,500 each will be given to 5 lakh licensed hawkers and 12 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers. Each tribal family, which is availing the privileges of the 'khavati karj' scheme will be given Rs 2,000 for one month. Apart from this, 12 lakh registered construction workers will get Rs 1,500 each this month. Funds have been also allotted for different welfare schemes targeting 25 lakh domestic workers. Nearly 35 lakh beneficiaries of pension schemes will get Rs 1,000. 

While speaking about the shortage of oxygen, the state's CM said that he has sought permission from the Centre to transport oxygen from other states through IAF. Efforts are being taken to supply the required drug 'Remdesivir' across the country.

Activities allowed during the lockdown

  • Essential services (All public services, Groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, cold storage and warehouse) are permitted
  • E-commerce (only for essential goods and services).
  • Public transport: Airplanes, trains, taxis (50% vehicle capacity), auto-rickshaw (driver+2 passengers), public buses (only seating capacity/no standing passenger allowed)
  • Petrol pumps
  • Services designated by RBI as essential, financial institutions associated with SEBI
  • Construction work and Pre-monsoon repairing can also continue.
  • Veterinary services and pet food shops to remain open.
  • Diplomatic offices
  • Only 25 persons are allowed for marriages.
  • Only 20 persons are permitted to attend funerals.

Activities not allowed during lockdown

  • Cinema halls, theatres, swimming pools, gyms and sports complexes to remain closed.
  • All restaurants and bars remain closed for dine-in. Only home delivery services allowed.
  • Shooting for film/serials/ads to shut.
  • Beaches, gardens, open spaces, etc. shall remain closed.
  • Religious places of worship also close.
  • Barber shops, spas, salons and beauty parlours to remain closed.
  • All schools and colleges to remain shut.