Twenty months after it imposed a slew of Covid-19-induced protocols in line with the directives from the Centre, the Maharashtra Government on Saturday lifted all the lockdown restrictions, thus paving way for normal economic, social, cultural, sports and entertainment activities that prevailed in the state prior to the pandemic days, subject to Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and other conditions.
“All economic cultural, sports and entertainment activities will now be allowed as per the normal timings decided by various local or other competent authorities before the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte stated in a 5-page order issued here.
Apart from adherence to CAB, the other conditions that will continue are: requirement of full vaccination, entry norms for passengers arriving in the state from international destinations and compliance to protocols relating to attendance in any programme or event held in closed places like cinema halls, theatres, marriage halls and convention halls where utilisation of 50 per cent of the capacity is allowed.
The CAB norms include wearing face-masks, maintaining at least 6 feet physical distance, ensuring hygiene, sanitising/washing hands frequently and greeting people without physical contract.
The CAB applies to all citizens, including the service providers, owners of premises, oprganisers, visitors, service takers, guests etc. As part of the order, the state government notified CAB guidelines, under which the violators shall be fined Rs 500 for each instance of default. “If an organisation or establishment fails to follow CAB or SOP itself, it will be liable for a fine of Rs 10,000 for each instance,” the government order stated.
The CAB defaulters in public transport like buses or taxis shall be fined Rs.500 along with the driver, conductor, etc, while the operators will be slapped with Rs.10,000 penalty, or withdrawal of licence till the disaster norms remain in force.
In case the total number of people attending events or programmes exceeds 1,000, then the organisers must inform the District Disaster Management Authority which will send its officials to ensure compliance of CAB, and if the same are violated may order closure of part or full venue.