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Covid-19: Shopping malls and restaurants will be closed in Maharashtra from 8 pm to 7 am; all social gatherings prohibited | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government of Maharashtra announced Saturday that all shopping malls, restaurants and gardens across the state will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. as part of stringent new measures to curb the alarming spread of Covid-19.
On Friday, the state government had announced that a nightly curfew will be imposed across Maharashtra from March 28 to control the coronavirus situation.
Several districts had already imposed a night curfew amid a surge in cases.
In a statement, the state government said that access to the beaches will also be restricted after 8 pm.
The state also banned all kinds of social gatherings from March 27 and ordered the closure of theater theaters, according to the statement.
However, overnight food delivery will be allowed, he said.
“Gatherings of more than five people will not be allowed from 8 pm to 7 am starting at midnight on March 27. The offense will carry a penalty of Rs 1,000 per person for violators.
“All public places, including gardens and beaches, will be closed for the same period and violators will be fined Rs 1,000 per person. Failure to wear a mask will result in a Rs 500 fine, while the same is Rs 1,000 for spitting. in public “, according to the order.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had warned of stricter restrictions if people did not observe the Covid-19 security protocol.
The prime minister had reviewed the Covid-19 situation in the state on Friday in a meeting with division commissioners, district collectors, police superintendents and deans of medical schools.
“I do not wish to impose the lockdown. But it appears that there is a possibility that healthcare facilities will fall short given the increase in the number of coronavirus patients,” Thackeray was quoted as saying.
The restrictions come amid a sharp increase in daily new cases in the state in recent days.
Maharashtra had reported 36,902 new cases on Friday, its highest daily increase since the pandemic began.
(With PTI inputs)



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