The Chief Secretary Government of Maharashtra has issued an Order imposing a lockdown in Maharashtra

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The Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra has issued an Order dated 23rd March 2020 imposing a lockdown in Maharashtra with immediate effect.    Mar 23, 2020

The Government of Maharashtra, in exercise of its powers conferred under Section 2 of The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and other enabling provisions of The Disaster Management Act, 2005, has, vide Notification dated 23rd March 2020,  notified a lockdown in the entire State of Maharashtra with immediate effect till 31st March 2020 prescribing certain regulations and measures for the said period. The Notification, interalia, imposes the following restrictions:

1. All Shops, including commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, godowns, etc shall close their operations. However, production and manufacturing units which require continuous process & pharmaceuticals, API etc will be permitted.

2.Manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities like dal and rice mills, food and related units, dairy units, feed and fodder units, etc will also be permitted to operate.

3. Government offices, Shops & Establishments permitted to operate during this period with barest minimum staff and shall take steps to ensure social distancing such as painting of foot marks at distances of 3 feet from each other near check out counters. They shall also ensure proper sanitation in their premises and ensure availability of hand sanitizers/hand washing facilities.

4.The following shops/establishments providing essential goods and services shall be excluded from the above restrictions:
a. Banks/ATMs, insurance, Fin Tech services and related activities.
b. Print and Electronic Media.
c. IT and ITeS, including telecom, postal, internet and data Services.
d.Supply chain and transport of essential commodities.
e.Export & Import of agricultural goods and products, and all commodities.
f. E-Commerce (delivery) of essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment.
g. Sale of food items, groceries, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and their transportation and warehousing activities.
h. Bakery and veterinary establishments for pets.
i. Take-away/home delivery at restaurants.
j. Hospitals, pharmacies and optical stores, pharmaceuticals manufacturing & their dealers and their transportation.
k. Petrol Pumps, LPG Gas, oil agencies, their godowns and their related transport operations.
l. All security and facility management services including those provided by private agencies to institutions providing essential services.
m.    Private establishments that support the provisioning of essential services or the efforts for containment of COVID-19.
n.      The supply chain relating to above.
o.      All enforcement authorities to note that fundamentally strict restrictions relate to movement of people but not to goods and commodities as a matter of principle.

5. Taxis with not more than two persons besides driver, auto-rickshaws with not more than one passenger besides driver are permitted only for the purposes specified in the order.

6. Plying of private vehicles shall be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities, health services and activities permitted under this order and with only one person besides the driver.

7.  Residents shall stay at home and come out only for permitted activities while strictly observing social distancing norms and abiding instructions in para 2 of the order.

8. The above orders state that all earlier orders issued by various authorities will be aligned with this order by the enforcement authorities.
 
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