Navi Mumbai: A notification issued on Sunday put Thane and Navi Mumbai civic areas in category 2 of the Maharashtra government’s five-level plan to ease coronavirus-induced restrictions from June 7 based on the weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds. As Maharashtra gears up for a five-level unlocking from under its ‘Break the Chain’ initiative to combat novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the state issued a fresh notification for Navi Mumbai and Thane’s unlocking process that will begin from tomorrow.

The notification, issued by Thane district collector Rajesh Narvekar, placed Kalyan Dombivali municipal limits in category 3. Category 2 is for cities and districts where the positivity rate is five per cent and oxygen bed occupancy is 25 to 40 per cent, while category 3 comprises areas where the positivity rate is five per cent to 10 per cent and the oxygen bed occupancy is more than 40 per cent.

As per the fresh guidelines issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday, local trains will remain available only for specific categories. In a notification issued on Friday night, the Maharashtra government had stated local trains will remain available for “medical, few essentials and women”, but authorised the civic administrations to put additional restrictions they deem fit.

As per the BMC order, shops selling essential products in Mumbai can remain open till 4 pm on all days from June 7 while non-essential shops can operate till 4 pm on weekdays. Malls, theatres, and multiplexes will continue to remain shut. Restaurants in Mumbai can function at 50 per cent capacity for dining till 4 pm only on weekdays. Parcel, home delivery and takeaway services will continue, it said.

Public places and open grounds in Mumbai can remain open from 5 am to 9 am every day. Private offices can function at 50 per cent capacity till 4 pm on working days, the order said. The Maharashtra government had announced a five-level plan to relax the coronavirus-induced restrictions across the state, based on the parameters of the weekly COVID-19 case positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds.

Under the five-level unlockdown plan, each municipal area and district will be treated as a separate administrative unit. The Level 1 category includes cities and districts which have a positivity rate of five per cent and oxygen bed occupancy of less than 25 per cent.

The criteria for the Level 2 category are the case positivity rate of five per cent and oxygen bed occupancy at 25 to 40 per cent. The parameters for the Level 4 category are the case positivity rate of 10 to 20 per cent and oxygen bed occupancy of more than 60 per cent.