With an increase in regular cases and fatalities, India’s covid-19 second wave has hit Pune particularly hard, prompting the city to impose strict restrictions for a week starting April 3. To top it off, Maharashtra has imposed state-wide restrictions until April 30, including a weekend lockout from Friday 8 p.m. to Monday 7 a.m. A number of new Covid-19 protocols has created uncertainty about what is and is not permitted within the city’s boundaries. We look at the latest Covid-19 guidelines that must be followed in Pune.
Things that are allowed
- Medical stores, grocery stores, market yard and vegetable market, dairies, and milk delivery are all considered as important commodity stores.
- From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., takeout orders, parcel service, and home delivery of cooked food from eateries and restaurants are available.
- All government departments will now have a 50% attendance rate.
- All offices of banking, telecommunications, electric supply, and pharmaceutical companies.
- 2 passenger auto rickshaw, 50 per cent vehicle capacity taxi, and private buses only with maximum seating occupancy and no standing passengers.
- Buses run by the state, trains run by the railways, and flights are available.
- During the examination period, students in classes ten and twelve may travel. With a seating capacity of 50%, coaching classes for competitive examinations are available.
- Weddings with a limit of 50 guests. Funerals with no more than 20 participants.
- Hotels and lodges for residents.
- Industrial units to operate at full capacity when making transportation arrangements for workers printing and delivery of newspapers.
Things that are not allowed
- Except for emergency facilities, all stores, markets, and malls will be closed during the day.
- Coaching Classes, Schools, and Colleges.
- Except for financial, telecommunications, electric supply, pharmaceutical company offices, and industrial units, all private offices are not allowed.
- Bus service provided by PMPML.
- Eateries, Restaurants, and Beer Bars do not allow dine-in.
- Auditoriums, cinema halls, and drama theatres will also be closed.
- Amusement Parks, Clubs, GYMS, swimming pools, sports complex, and religious places.
- No one is allowed to travel in a public place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless they have a legitimate excuse or permission.
- Barbershops, spas, salons, and beauty salons are all closed.