COVID-19: Easing of norms from Monday - Will bars, restaurants, salons, spas and gyms be open in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad?
COVID-19: Easing of norms from Monday - Will bars, restaurants, salons, spas and gyms be open in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad?
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After U-turn now comes an official order on the unlock strategy in the state. The Maharashtra government in the late-night order on Friday has announced a five-step unlock plan under the BreakTheChain order from Monday.

Under the new guidelines, the state’s districts will be divided into five levels based on weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancies. The state government said that districts in Level 1 will have minimum restrictions, while lockdown-like curbs will be imposed in districts falling in the Level 5 category

Pune city was on Saturday placed in category 3 of the Maharashtra government's five level plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions from June 7 based on the weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds, officials said.

The city's positivity rate stands at 6.11 per cent while the bed occupancy is 27.47 per cent, officials added.

Pune district on Saturday recorded 1,555 COVID-19 cased and 45 deaths.

Will bars, restaurants, salons, spas and gyms remain open in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad?

As per an order issued by Pune Municipal Corporation, from June 7, hotels, restaurants, bars, and food courts have been allowed to function with 50 percent seating capacity on weekdays till 4 pm, while all shops can remain open till 4 pm.

Shops selling essential items will be allowed to operate on all days, and those dealing in non-essential items will operate only on weekdays.

The order, to come into force from Monday, said gardens, public grounds will remain open from 5 am to 9 am, and gyms, salons, beauty parlours etc can operate with 50 per cent capacity till 4pm, though they cannot use air conditioners.

PMPML, Pune city's public transport system, will operate buses with 50 per cent seating, the order said.

While social, religious and entertainment programmes can be held with 50 percent seating capacity till 4 pm, marriages and funerals can have a maximum of 50 and 20 people respectively.

It added that people will not be allowed to move around after 5 pm without a valid reason.

Similar relaxation has been given in Pimpri Chinchwad as well where the positivity rate is 5.8 per cent, officials said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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