Government of Maharashtra notifies lockdown in the entire State till March 31, 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The State Government of Maharashtra on March 23, 2020 notifies lockdown in the entire State of Maharashtra with Immediate effect till March 31, 2020, prescribing the following regulations and measures during the said period:

1. All state borders will be sealed other than for movement of essential and perishable commodities.

2. All public transport services will not be permitted. 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. However, transport of passengers for accessing emergency medical services will be permitted. Plying of private vehicles will be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities, health services and activities permitted under this order, and with only one person besides driver.

3. Operation of all inter-state bus and passenger transport services including those by private operators shall stand suspended.

4. Every person who is required to observe home quarantine will strictly observe the same failing which he/she will be liable for penal action.

5. Residents will stay at home and come out only for permitted activities while strictly observing social distancing norms and abiding the conditions.

6. Any congregation of more than 5 persons in public places is prohibited.

7. All shops including commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, godown etc will close their operations except if they are engaged in the production of essential commodities.

8. Government offices, shops and establishments permitted to operate during this period with barest minimum staff.

The following shops/establishments providing essential goods and services will be excluded from the above restrictions:

a) Banks / ATMs, insurance, FinTech services and related activities 

b) Print and electronic media

c) IT and ITeS, including telecom, postal and internet and data services

d) Supply chain and transport of essential commodities

e) Export and 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 the pets.

i) Take-away/home delivery at restaurants

j) Hospitals, pharmacies and optical stores, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and their dealers and their transportation.

k) Petrol pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and their related transport operations.

l) All security services including those provided by private agencies.

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 enforcing authorities to note that fundamentally strict restrictions related to movement of people but not to goods and commodities as a matter of principle.

Any person, institution, organization violating any provisions of these regulations shall be proceeded against by the competent authorities empowered under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the Disaster Management Act, India Penal Code and other relevant Codes and Acts.

[Notification No. DMU/2020/CR. 92/DMU-1]


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