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BMC issues new 'unlock' guidelines for Mumbai, rules out opening local trains to the public

by Web Desk | Published: 05 Jun 2021

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Mumbai: According to the Maharashtra government's Level 3 guidelines, travel on local trains is restricted to medical and essential personnel and women. However, BMC in its guidelines does not allow women to travel to the Mumbai area. The BMC said in the order that local trains are allowed in Mumbai only for medical and essential services. All passengers are allowed to travel on public transport buses. Gymnasiums and salons in the city will be open from June 7 to 4 pm with a 50 percent capacity. Meals at 50% capacity restaurants will be allowed until 4 pm, after which only takeaway and home delivery will be allowed. Convenience stores are open every day until 4 p.m. Shops selling non-essential items are open until 4 pm on weekdays. All malls and theatres will be closed. 
 
Cycling and morning walks in public places is allowed every day between 5 and 9 p.m. Private offices may be open until 4 pm on weekdays, with office attendance (including government offices) limited to 50 percent. Outdoor sports are allowed on weekdays from 5 am to 9 am. Film shooting in bubbles is allowed. No movement outside the post at 5 p.m. Social, cultural, and recreational gatherings with 50 percent capacity is allowed again. Only 50 people are allowed for weddings and 20 for funerals. Construction activities are permitted, but only on-site workers or workers will leave by 4 p.m. In addition, e-commerce of all items is permitted by order.
 
Earlier, after applying the criteria of positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy, there was confusion over whether Mumbai would fall to level 2 or 3. Initially, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said that Mumbai would reach Level 2, but he and City Mayor Kishori Pednekar made it clear that people from cross-sections on social media, especially Twitter, would reach Level 3. Strategy. However, BMC clarified in a tweet that Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal had informed them that Mumbai would be ranked third.