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Section 144 imposed during night time in Maharashtra amid rise in Covid cases; here’s all the details

The Maharashtra government issued a 9-hour night curfew in the state on Friday, which would take effect immediately after the state became the first to pass the 100-case threshold in Omicron instances.

There will be no gatherings of more than 5 people at any location between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., with the exception of essential services.

The government has also imposed a limit on the number of individuals who can attend weddings and religious activities.

Anil Parab, a Maharashtra minister, stated that such activities held in an enclosed space will be limited to 100 people, while open-air events will be limited to 250 people. Hotels, spas, and theatres, according to the ministry, can operate at 50% of their full capacity.

After recording 20 new Omicron instances on Friday, Maharashtra became the first state in India to cross the peak of 100 Omicron cases.

On Thursday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray met with the Covid task team to consider new limitations after the Centre warned all states and UTs to take appropriate measures during the festive season. It was addressed how to avoid crowding during the festivities. The pandemic’s worldwide position was also taken into consideration.

Prior to this, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, and Rajasthan took restrictive measures to stop the spread of the new type, which is the latest threat to India’s pandemic struggle.

Here’s the list of SOPs released by the state (in short)

1.From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., gatherings of more than 5 people in public places are prohibited throughout the state.

2. According to the government, only 100 people are allowed to attend indoor weddings and no more than 250 at outdoor weddings.

3. Gyms, spas, hotels, theaters, and cinema halls are only allowed to be half-full.

4. The government also stated that the number of people attending social, political, and religious events should not exceed 100. In open areas, no more than 25% of the space’s capacity is permitted to be occupied. Maharashtra reported 108 Omicron cases as of Friday evening, with 54 of them having been released. On Friday, 11 additional instances were recorded from Mumbai, six from Pune, two from Satara, and one from Ahmednagar. 15 of the new patients have travelled internationally before, one has travelled domestically before, and four others have had close contact with them. Six of the patients are over 60 years old, with one being a youngster. According to a statement, all new patients are asymptomatic.

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