Second lockdown in Mumbai from April 2?

by Web Desk | Published: 29-03-2021

Mumbai Municipal Elections

Mumbai: The second lockdown will be held in Maharashtra from April 2 to April 3 for a limited period, state government sources said.  The government has begun preparations for the crackdown following an order from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday, sources said. The closure is expected to be different than last year because it will not disrupt economic activity as it did before, but will focus on preventing congestion to prevent the increasing transmission of the novel Corona Virus. Thackeray's remarks came at a review meeting where the Covid task force predicts more deaths if restrictions such as lockdowns are not imposed. 


"As the Covid protocol and guidelines are being violated, the government should prepare for the lockdown and provide standard operating procedures," the chief minister said in an official statement. The Chief Minister has been told that the increasing number of active cases is due to the shortage of beds and the provision of health care facilities such as ventilators and oxygen.


Sources said that places where people congregate will be closed.  Multiplexes, cinema halls, beaches, gardens, auditoriums and malls, which are now allowed to operate between 7am and 8pm, will be closed 24x7.   Larger markets may operate under strict guidelines. Strict guidelines will be followed for suburban / long distance trains and public transport buses.  Inspections will be intensified at railway stations and airports.  The construction sector will be allowed to operate at full capacity, but without complying with the Covid-19 protocols. 


The Chief Minister asked the government to ensure the availability of medical care, health care, essential services and civil supplies in view of the possible situation. It was decided to keep the patients in institutional shipping / isolation instead of home shipping.  Will increase oxygen production and take supply chains to where needed; more ventilators were purchased and the number of intensive care units increased.  Private Doctors will be deployed to increase the number of trained top workers.  The order says employees with comorbidities will be encouraged to work from home.  Home delivery options will also allow bars and food establishments to be removed in lieu of dine-in services