According to a top official, Thackeray is likely to grant relaxations when he declares his Unlock 4.0 plan on Monday, under the state’s ‘Mission Begin Again’ programme.
No separate permission or e-pass is likely to be required for movement of people and goods, intra- or inter-state. Despite a central directive, Maharashtra was among six states that persisted with it.
Under fresh Unlock 4.0 rules in Maharashtra, occupancy in hotels will be enhanced from 33% to 50%, attendance requirement in government offices for IAS officer-level staff raised to 100% and for subordinate staff increased from 15% to 30%, frequency of local trains raised and students of classes 9 to 12 allowed to visit schools on a “voluntary basis” to clear their doubts from September 21 onwards.
On attendance in schools, the state will adhere to guidelines prescribed by the central government. Students of classes 9 to 12 outside containment zones will be allowed to visit school to consult teachers, subject to written permission of parents or guardians. Standard operating procedures will be followed for the purpose, as issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
On hotels, officials said, occupancy limit will be enhanced to 50%. While in-house guests can avail of dining facilities, decision on allowing outsiders will be taken at a later stage. The decision on re-opening restaurants too will be taken soon, but no timeframe has been fixed for the purpose.
On attendance in government offices, an official said, all officer-level staff (IAS and those in the rank of deputy secretary and above) will be required to come in while subordinate staff attendance will be enhanced to 30-40%. To facilitate the move, frequency of suburban trains will be enhanced suitably.
On gyms, the official said, the CM has already assured a delegation of gym owners that permissions will soon be granted. “We are in the process of drafting the standard operating procedure. We expect to grant permission for opening gyms within a week,’’ he said.
The official said the CM is keen to grant more relaxations, but remains concerned about the spurt in coronavirus cases. “We have granted maximum relaxations, despite the fact that there was exponential growth in the number of cases,’’ he said.
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