The Government of Maharashtra has come up with a five-level unlocking process in the state. The state government is yet to issue the order for the same. The step entails extending the different unlocking process that will vary from one district to another with a range from level 1 to level 5; level 1 is one that will allow maximum relaxations.
According to officials, the unlocking process has been chalked out considering the Covid positivity rate and healthcare infrastructure of the state’s districts.
Maharashtra’s 18 districts that have below 5% Covid positivity rate, which includes Thane, will realise the level 1 and Mumbai level 2 unlocking. The 18 districts are expected to witness a full unlocking from 4 June. The state had earlier imposed lockdown-like restriction in April this year when the Covid-19 pandemic’s second wave intensified.
According to officials, the state government will review the lists of the districts that fall under the five-level unlocking process, every week to explore the scope for further amendments; the districts, based on their Covid-19 counts, can move up and down.
The state’s level 1 district will be permitted for unlocking almost completely. The restaurants, shops, malls and public places can be reopened. Besides, offices and gyms will be permitted to function. Aurangabad, Buldhana, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Dhule, Gondia, Gadchiroli, Jalna, Jalgaon, Latur, Nanded, Nagpur, Nashik, Yavatmal, Wardha, Washim, Parbhani and Thane come under the tentative level 1 district list. Its level 2 district will be allowed to reopen partially with salons, beauty parlours, gyms, operating at 50% occupancy. However, Section 144 will be in continue to be enforced in these districts . Maharastra’s districts that come under level 3, 4 and 5 will witness a limited-to-no lifting of restrictions.