Maharashtra today banned all kinds of public gatherings including political and religious ones amid a big spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. Restaurants, gardens and malls will have to remain shut between 8 pm and 7 am from tomorrow, the state government said in an order today.
People aren’t allowed to visit beaches from 8 pm to 7 am, and drama theatres will have to pull down shutter from tonight.
The government has, however, allowed food delivery at night.
“Gatherings of more than five people will not be allowed from 8 pm to 7 am effective from midnight on 27th March. Violation will attract penalty of Rs 1,000 per person on offenders,” the government order said.
“All public places including gardens and beaches will remain closed during the same period and violators will be fined with Rs 1,000 per person. Not wearing of face mask will attract Rs 500 fine while the same is Rs 1,000 for public spitting,” it said.
No social, cultural, political and religious gatherings in the state can be held, the order said.
Five states – Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Gujarat – have reported a sharp rise in daily COVID-19 cases. After touching its lowest mark in mid-February, India’s active COVID-19 cases are rising and breached the 4-lakh mark again after three-and-a-half months.