Mumbai: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will not be forcing a lockdown in the state now. Meanwhile, the Government has chosen to execute rigid controls till April 30, they said. The Cabinet will review the COVID-19 situation in the state once more on April 15, sources added.

Nitin Datar, president of Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India told PTI he had suggested that, if the government so wished, he could speak to single screen owners, whose properties are closed due to the pandemic and various other reasons, to see if they can be used as COVID care centres. However, a strict lockdown will be imposed on Saturdays and Sundays, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh told reporters after the Cabinet meeting today.

“Night curfew will be put in place from 8 pm to 7 am. Only essential services will be permitted. Restaurants are permitted only for take away & parcel services. For offices, employees will have to work from home. Detailed SOP will be released soon,” Aslam Shaikh said.

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1. Strict lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Night curfew from 8 pm to 7 am from Monday.

3. Restaurants are permitted only for take away & parcel services.

4. Cinema halls and drama theaters will be closed.

5. Public transport at 50%capacity

6. No restriction on Auto, Taxi, and Private vehicles.

7. Schools and colleges will remain closed.

8. Micro-containment zones will be put in place with strict measures.

9. Construction activities will continue but the contractors will have to make arrangements for workers to stay and their vaccination.

10. Vaccination will be increased by increasing the number of centres across the state.

11. Gardens and beaches will be closed.

12. District and civic administrations are authorized to take decisions locally.

13. Section 144 (4+ people not allowed to gather in Public places) to be imposed during the day from Monday.

A notification regarding the same will be issued soon, they further said. Meanwhile, film and television producers met Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday and offered full support for measures being taken to control the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. The state government wanted to safeguard the economy and livelihood of the poor, but it also wanted to save lives, Thackeray added.

Mumbai recorded 11,163 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, making the city’s biggest daily COVID-19 case surge since the beginning of the pandemic. As many as 25 more died of the virus in Mumbai in the last 24 hours, taking the city’s COVID-19 death toll to 11,776. The city’s cumulative caseload now stands at 4,52,445.