The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday said Mumbai will remain under level 3 of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
In a notification issued on Friday evening, the BMC has noted three points for not raising Mumbai's level from 3 to 2.
"1. The geography of Mumbai city and its population density. 2. Crowds in local trains coming from the suburbs of Mumbai. 3. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heavy rainfall in the coming days in Mumbai," the notification read.
Taking the above points into consideration, Mumbai will remain under level 3 of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and the previous guidelines must be followed, it added.
Speaking to TOI, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said there are still around 700-800 COVID-19 cases per day. "It's not that cases have disappeared. We are taking a very cautious and graded approach to unlocking in Mumbai so that we don’t have to go back into lockdown. We will monitor the situation closely till the last week of June and take a decision on further easing of restrictions,” Chahal said.
Check out full list of guidelines:
1. Shops dealing with essential items will be open till 4 pm on all days.
2. Shops dealing with non-essential items will be open till 4 pm on weekdays.
3. All malls and theatres will remain closed.
4. Dine-in at restaurants at 50% capacity shall be allowed till 4 pm after which only takeaway and home delivery is permitted.
5. Travel in local trains is permitted only for medical and essential services.
6. Cycling and morning walk in public places is allowed between 5 am and 9 am every day.
7. Private offices can remain open till 4 pm on working days.
8. Office attendance (including government offices) at 50%.
9. Outdoor sports allowed on weekdays from 5 am to 9 am.
10. Film shooting is allowed in bubble. No movement outside post 5 pm.
11. Social/Cultural/Entertainment gatherings allowed with 50% capacity.
12. 50 people for marriages, 20 for funerals.
13. Construction allowed, however, only onsite labours or labours must leave by 4 pm.
14. Agriculture allowed till 4 pm on all days.
15. E-commerce of all items is allowed.
16. Gyms and salons can remain open till 4 pm with a 50% capacity.
17. All passengers will be permitted to travel by public transport buses with a 50% capacity.
Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 696 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally to 7,15,146. Now, there are 15,819 active cases in the city.
The city recorded 24 deaths due to coronavirus on Friday which pushed its fatality count to 15,146, said the data released by the city's civic body. 658 COVID-19 patients recovered and were discharged on Friday taking the recovery count to 6,81,946.