Maharashtra: Don’t think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30, says Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday cleared that air about the lockdown. While addressing the state Uddhav said that lockdown will continue after June 30, though the Unlock down process is being gradually implemented to put the economy back on track.  

“Don’t think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30…The threat of Covid-19 still looms over the state and all precautions need to be taken,” Thackeray asserted, addressing the state this afternoon.

Besides Covid-19, he said people must protect themselves from other monsoon diseases like malaria and dengue.

Speaking about loan waiver, which was promised to the farmers before the elections, he said, “The process to waive off farm loans has been delayed due to the model code of conduct during local body elections and COVID-19 pandemic in Maharashtra. Now, we have decided to write off loans of the remaining farmers.”

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Dahi Handi is celebrated with much fanfare across the state every year. But, owing to the pandemic, the celebration has been cancelled this year. Thanking the mandals for taking the decision the CM said, “I thank all the Dahi Handi mandals for taking the decision to cancel the celebrations. They took voluntary decisions and did not ask the government about it. I appreciate their efforts and support.”

The CM again appealed to all doctors and private hospitals to start their services in view of the ongoing pandemic.

Simultaneously, the Mumbai Police on Sunday announced a series of measures under the #MissionBeginAgain by appealing to people to strictly adhere to the guidelines.

Outdoor movements continue to be restricted for essential activities like buying food, vegetables, visits to markets, salons, barber shops, with a radius of 2 kms only, said Deputy Commissioner of Police and Mumbai Police Spokesperson Pranaya Ashok.

Night curfew for people and vehicles will be implemented strictly from 9 p.m.- 5a.m., barring essential or medical requirements, besides all other norms like wearing masks in public, following physical distancing rules at all places, etc.

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