Maharashtra government on Sunday, announced one-week lockdown in Amravati district from Monday (February 22) at 8 pm, amid sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in the district.
“One-week complete lockdown will remain in force in Amravati district excluding Achalpur city, beginning 8 pm tomorrow," said Guardian Minister Yashomati Thakur adding that only essential services would be permitted to function during the strict seven-day lockdown.
“The lockdown would be extended if citizens do not follow safety norms,” she added.
Earlier today, State Cabinet Minister Vijay Wadettiwar had informed that the government was considering to introduce night curfew and the decision would be taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
“COVID-19 cases are rising in Nagpur, Akola, Amaravati, Yavatmal, Mumbai and Pune. We have asked the district administration to take a call on lockdown or other restrictions after assessing the situation on the ground," Wadettiwar said.
Revised guidelines have been implemented as a preventive measure of COVID-19 in five districts including Amravati, Akola, Yavatmal, Buldhana and Washim:
• All types of shops/ establishments would be allowed to function from 9 am to 5 pm.
• All types of restaurant and hotels would only be allowed parcel facility, without the actual opening.
• 25 people, including bride and groom would be allowed for the wedding ceremonies.
• 50% of total passengers would be allowed to board the busses for passenger transport
• Religious places would continue to be open to the public, with limited number of 10 persons at a time.
• All schools, colleges, educational training centres, private tutoring classes, coaching classes would be closed during the curfew in rural and urban areas of entire Amravati division.
• In rural and urban areas of Amravati division, all types of cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, recreation parks, theatres would be closed during the curfew.