In view of the rising incidence of coronavirus spread, the administration of the District of Pune has announced new restrictions on night-time travel, large gatherings and restaurant and bar operations.
On Sunday morning, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar chaired a Covid-19 review meeting, which included district health and administrative machinery. The meeting was also attended by a number of Members of Parliament (MPs) and the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). Track Live Updates from Covid-19 here
After the meeting, a press conference was held by Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao to announce the decisions taken at the meeting.
“In Maharashtra, the positivity rate is going up. In Pune District, it has gone up to 10 per cent. 15 days ago, the positivity rate was only about 4.5 to 5 per cent. It has grown fast. Considering the fact that last year, we had seen a similar trend where the positivity rate had grown from 2 to 4 per cent to 10 per cent in the first few months and then for in next three months the rate had become very high. To avoid this, we are taking some precautionary measures” said Rao.
The measures announced are as follows:
- Schools and colleges will remain closed until 28 February. Next Friday’s decision will be reviewed.
- Hotels, restaurants and bars are closed at 11 p.m. (instead of 1.30 am as per prevailing guidelines).
- ‘Limited Curfew’ to be enforced from Monday between 11 pm to 6 am (February 22). Only for critical work will individuals move out of their homes. Vegetable suppliers, newspaper suppliers and those participating in morning operations are exempt.
- Private classes for coaching will remain closed. Those delivering civil service coaching (MPSC/UPSC) would be required to work at a capacity of 50 per cent.
- In Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and rural areas, micro-containment zones will be established.
- There is no curb on inter-district transport, but the COVID guidelines have been sought by travellers and transport agencies.
- Obligatory prior approval from the police for marriage activities.
- To prevent issues for residents, a single-window system would be set up at police headquarters/stations. It will not make more than 200 people. Similar limits on political, religious or other gatherings as well.