When will Mumbai local trains open for general public? Here's what mayor Kishori Pednekar says

When will Mumbai local trains open for general public? Here's what mayor Kishori Pednekar says

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, June 07, 2021, 01:52 PM IST
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The Maharashtra government has announced a five-level plan to relax the coronavirus-induced restrictions in the state, based on the weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds.

The BMC on Sunday issued detailed guidelines on the easing of restrictions.

Mumbai is at level-3 with a positivity rate of 5.56 per cent and oxygen bed occupancy rate of 32.51 per cent for the May 28-June 3 week.

According to the Maharashtra government's Level 3 guidelines, travelling in local trains is restricted to medical, essential staff and women. However, the BMC in its guidelines has not permitted women to travel in Mumbai locals. In Mumbai, travel in local trains is permitted only for medical and essential services, the BMC said in its order.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar, while speaking to ANI, informed that the decision on whether to open local trains for the general public will be taken after a week, depending on the COVID-19 situation in the city.

What's allowed and what's not in Mumbai:

As per the government's order, essential shops in Mumbai will remain open on all seven days in a week till 4 pm, but non-essential shops will function only on weekdays till 4 pm, BMC officials said.

Earlier, both essential and non-essential shops were allowed to remain open till 2 pm.

As per the latest order, malls, multiplexes and theatres (including for staging dramas) will continue to remain closed.

However, medical and chemist shops will remain open round-the-clock.

Restaurants are also allowed to remain open till 4 pm, but only with 50 per cent of their capacity, BMC officials said, adding that the facilities of the parcel, takeaway and home delivery of food will continue.

They said the BEST buses are allowed to ferry passengers to 100 per cent of their seating capacity, instead of the earlier 50 per cent, but no standing passengers are allowed.

Public places and grounds and are allowed to reopen from 5 am to 9 am every day and activities like walking, cycling and outdoor sports allowed during the period, as per the order.

It also said that only 50 people can attend a marriage ceremony, while only 20 people can attend a funeral.

Social and political gatherings will be conducted with 50 per cent capacity on weekdays till 4 pm.

Private and government offices can also function with 50 per cent attendance and are allowed to remain open till 4 pm, the order said.

The lockdown-like restrictions were imposed in the state in April this year in the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus.

While the state will continue to remain under curbs till June 15, relaxations have been announced in districts based on the COVID-19 weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds.

(With inputs from agencies)

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