Mission Begin Again: Mumbai reopens despite surge in cases

Updated: Jun 12, 2020, 18:05 | Sherlin Rajan
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    After being under lockdown for more than two months, Mumbai reopened again on June 8 with professionals going back to work as many private offices resumed their functions with 10 per cent attendance as per fresh guidelines issued by the state government.

    In picture: Commuters wait for BEST buses at a bus stop on the Western Express Highway in Kandivali

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    People wore masks and took the precautions mandated by the government to contain the spread of the disease as the tally of Coronavirus cases stand at 53,985 in Mumbai.

    In picture: Vegetable vendors carry their fresh stock as they ride a two-wheeler on the Western Express Highway in Kandivali.

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    Most people opted to travel in their private vehicles while some waited in the long queues for BEST buses to take them to their respective destinations. Suburban train services have not yet been resumed.

    In picture: BMC special task force sanitise mosquito breeding spots at a construction site at Dattapada road, Borivali.

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    Inter-state and inter-district movement of persons would continue to be regulated. The inter-district movement of persons within the area of Municipal Corporation under the MMR (Mumbai Metropolitan Region) shall be allowed without any restrictions.

    In picture: People queue up outside the CSMT railway stations as they wait to board the long-distance trains to various destinations.

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    The first day of the reopening saw a huge traffic jam on the Western Express Highway that led to many working professionals reporting late to work.

    In picture: A woman tries to cross the road in Borivali.

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    In a press conference, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that he has been demanding that suburban train services resume in Mumbai to allow people on essential services duty to commute, 'as many people are not able to work due to lack of transport'.

    In picture: A stall selling clothes keep their stocks on display on Linking Road in Bandra West. 

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    Referring to reports of people crowding on the roads after the restrictions were eased, he said, "The virus threat still persists but we need to start economic activities. Outdoor physical activity has been allowed for your good health and not to spoil it."

    In picture: People buy vegetables from street hawkers in Matunga

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    The chief minister also hinted the coronavirus-induced lockdown, currently in force till June 30, will have to be extended if guidelines related to it are not followed strictly by people.

    In picture: A train plying essential service workers pass by parked local trains in Borivali

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    The reopening also saw shops and markets resuming their businesses but salons, barbershops, malls and shopping complexes continue to remain closed.

    In picture: Motorists pass by a containment zone as police personnel looks on in Vikhroli (East)

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    The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) issued revised guidelines of the lockdown extension and allowed all markets, market areas and shops to function for the full working hours from Monday to Saturday.

    In picture: Salon and barbershop owners protest demanding permission to reopen their shops in Vikhroli (East).

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    The circular said that all the shops on one side of the road will open for full working hours on one day, while the other side will open the next day and so on.

    In picture: A police officer intercepts youngsters riding a bike.

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    According to the government's guidelines, individual physical exercises shall be permitted in open public spaces including beaches, playgrounds, gardens, and promenades between 5 am and 7 pm, a part of the first phase of the 'Mission Begin Again'.

    In picture: People queue up outside the CSMT station to board the trains to go to their respective destinations as armed forces personnel look on while patrolling.

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    As Maharashtra government extended the lockdown till June 30, schools, metro rail, religious places and places of worship, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services along with shopping malls, barbershops, spas, salons and beauty parlours will remain closed across the state in the lockdown period, the guidelines stated.

    In picture: A man waits outside a mobile phone repair shop in Vikhroli (East). 

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    Business have also resumed in Dharavi as leather shops and potters were seen re-opening their shops after nearly three months of lockdown.

    In picture: People queue up outside a shop in Vikhroli (East).

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    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that people need to be "more disciplined in COVID appropriate behaviour" with the country having entered "Unlock1.0 phase" after over two months of lockdown.

    In picture: A woman wears protective gear and waits for a bus at a BEST bus stop in Borivali.

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    He emphasised the need to observe norms of physical distancing, use masks and face covers at all public places, adhere to norms of hand hygiene and follow protocols of respiratory etiquette.

    In picture: A school bus converted into an ambulance to ply COVID-19 patients was spotted in Borivali

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    A morning walker takes a stroll on the Western Express Highway near Saidham in Kandivali. 

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    A working professional cleans his car before taking it to his office in Kandivali.

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    A couple takes a stroll in the promenade near Bandra Bandstand.

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    Dark clouds hover over the FM Cariappa flyover as vehicles ply on it in Borivali.

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After being under lockdown for more than two months due to the coronavirus outbreak, working professionals stepped out of their homes to go return to work after private offices resumed their functions with 10 per cent attendance as per guidelines issued by the state government. Even shops and markets reopened to function for full working hours expect malls and shopping complexes. Picture/Satej Shinde, Bipin Kokate, Ashish Raje, Shadab Khan, Sayyed Sameer Abedi, Sameer Markande- mid-day photographers