Navi Mumbai: Society declared as a hotspot must follow COVID-19 norms or pay hefty fine

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) issued a new circular on Tuesday and warned housing societies either to follow the COVID norms if the premises has been declared as a hot-spot or be ready to pay a hefty penalty. The civic body will impose Rs 10,000 for the first violations, Rs 25000 for second violations and Rs 50000 for every violation onwards.

As per the circular, if positive cases are reported from any housing society frequently, the premises will be declared as a hot spot. Soon after, the premise is declared as a hot spot, every person in the society will be tested for COVID 19.

Thereafter, at the entrance of the premises, a notice board will be put prohibiting the entry except for essential services. Even, residents of the will not be allowed to step outside. The society management will be responsible to ensure that everyone follows the COVID norms else the civic body will impose penalties.

Meanwhile, the civic body has allowed civil works at the closed malls or commercial units. However, the civil works can be undertaken till 4 pm by following the COVID norms. Even the library has been allowed to open with 50% capacity and maintaining social distancing and other COVID norms.

Since the city is also under the restrictions level-3, most of the services are allowed till 4 pm. As per the new guidelines issued by the NMMC, all the shops except essentials will be closed by 4 pm and on weekends. Malls, theaters, and auditoriums will be closed. Restaurants will be open from Monday to Friday till 4 pm with 50% of capacity from Monday to Friday. There will be only take away and home delivery on Saturday and Sunday. Citizens will be allowed at public places, open ground, cycling will be allowed from 5 and to 9 am. Working hours at private offices have been limited till 4 pm and government offices will function with 50 % manpower.

Similarly, a maximum of 50 persons will be allowed at marriage function and 20 persons for the last rite.

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