Mission Begin Again: Maharashtra government allows inter-district travel in MMR, home delivery of newspapers

Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 22:01 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

According to the new amendments, schools and educational institutes can open to evaluate answer sheets and development of e-content while home delivery of newspapers to begin from June 7

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government on Thursday took to Twitter to announce new amendments to the revised guidelines for phase-wise opening and easing of lockdown restrictions in the state. On May 31, the Maharashtra government had extended the nationwide lockdown till June 30.

Key Highlights

  • Movement of stranded labourers, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists will continue to be regulated as per standard operating procedures
  • Inter-district movement of people in Mumbai Metropolitan Region allowed
  • Private offices to operate with up to 10 per cent staff as per requirement
  • All shops on one side of the road/lane will open full working hours from June 5

Taking to Twitter, the official handle of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray tweeted, "Ammendments to the Guidelines- Easing of Restrictions and Phase-wise opening of Lockdown."

According to the new amendments, open air gyms and swings will not be allowed to operate, shops on one side of the road will remain open for full working hours and vice versa, private offices can operate with 10 per cent staff with effect from June 8 and home delivery of newspapers will be allowed from June 7.

The Maharashtra government's new amendments also stated that schools and educational institutes could open to evaluate answer sheets and development of e-content. The revised guidelines also allowed inter-district movement of people within the area of Municipal Corporation under Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) without any restrictions. However, inter-state movement of people would be regulated as per the SOPs issues by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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🚨🚨 DO’s & DONT’s to stay safe! #cyclonenisarga

A post shared by Chief Minister’s Office (@cmomaharashtra_) onJun 2, 2020 at 11:09pm PDT

After the cyclonic storm Nisarga crossed Mumbai, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray expressed gratitude and thanked everyone who helped to safeguard the city and the state from the 'rarest of rare storm'. During his last televised speech on the lockdown extension, the Maha Vikas Aghadi leader had said lockdown has become a part of our lives now.

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CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray’s address to the State 31/05/2020 #MissionBeginAgain

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While announcing guidelines and restrictions of lockdown 5.0, Thackeray has said, "Lockdown has become a part of our lives. Today, I want to ask you to dump 'Lockdown' and adopt Mission Begin Again." In his address to the state, CM Uddhav Thackeray said the state government will slowly open the lockdown in phases. While announcing restrictions and relaxations, Thackeray urged people to not forget social distancing norms and wear face masks while stepping out of the house.

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