Maharashtra restaurants, hotels can stay open till 12 midnight; shops to be open till 11 pm
Restaurants and hotels in Maharashtra can remain open till 12 midnight, while shops and establishments are allowed to stay open till 11 pm with immediate effect.
Earlier, shops and restaurants in the state were allowed to remain open only till 10 pm.
"In the wake of the upcoming festival season, it is now felt that restrictions on time of functioning for various establishments like shops, restaurants, hotels, etc. will lead to more crowding in the shorter duration in which they are currently allowed to function...With immediate effect, all restaurants and eateries may be allowed to function till midnight till 12 am and all other establishments that have been allowed to function by the government may be allowed to function till 11 pm," the state government said in an order.
The order signed by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte further said that local DDMA may restrict these timings further if so deemed fit due to any local requirements but shall not relax it further without the consent of SDMA.
The state government has allowed the reopening and functioning of various establishments in order to provide impetus to the economy.
The new relaxation comes amid a drop in the number of COVID infections in the state. Mumbai on Sunday reported zero deaths due to coronavirus for the first time since March 26, 2020.
On Monday, the state government allowed amusement parks to reopen from October 22. However, water rides will not be allowed for visitors at the parks.
The decision was taken after a meeting between Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the COVID task force.
Last week, the state government released a set of guidelines for cinema halls, auditoriums and drama theaters that are allowed to open from October 22 at 50 per cent seating capacity.