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2.0 Lockdown: Maharashtra Government Issues Full List of Activities to be Allowed from 20th April

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

In midst of the 2.0 nationwide lockdown, the Maharashtra government has issued a detailed list of select activities that will be allowed starting April 20. Keeping in mind the current scenario, the government has decided to exempt these services and businesses from the lockdown rule. As per reports, the revised guidelines pertaining to measures for containment of the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in the state were issued on April 17. 

However, these limited exemptions will be operationalized by district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines, it added. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) prepared by the district administrations for social distancing in offices, workplaces, factories, and establishments will be laid down. 

Here is the full list of activities that will be covered under the exemption: 

Govt to allow these activities from April 20: 

All Health Services including AYUSH to Remain Functional 

-Hospitals, clinics, chemists, pharmacies, telemedicine facilities 

-Medical laboratories & collection centres 

-Pharmaceutical & medical researchers’ labs, institutions including COVID-19 research 

-Veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, pathology labs, sale & supply of vaccines 

-Manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical oxygen & their packaging material & intermediaries 

-Construction of medical/health infra including ambulances 

 All Agri & Horticulture Activities to Remain Functional 

-Farming operations by farmers & farm workers in field 

-Agencies involves in procurement of agri products, including MSP operations 

-Mandis operates by APMC or notified by state/UT government 

-Shops of agri machinery, spare parts & repair 

-Custom hiring centres related to farm machinery 

-Manufacturing, distribution & retail of agri inputs (fertilizers, pesticides, seeds) 

-Movement of harvesting & sowing related machines lime combined harvester & other agri/horticulture implements 

Maharashtra government allows manufacturing units with access control to operate in SEZ & EoUs, industrial estates and industrial townships in non-containment zones. 

This, however, is not applicable in MMR & Pune Municipal Corporation. 

(Chakan does not fall under PMC) 

RBI & RBI regulated financial markets & entities like NPCI, CCIL, payment system operators, NBFCs including HFCs & NBFC-Mis with bare minimum staff 

-Bank branches & ATM 

-Shall make arrangements for stay of workers in the premises as far as possible or adjacent building to manage SoP 

-Transport of workers to be arranged by employers in dedicated vehicles ensuring social distancing 

-No worker from hotspot or containment zone will be allowed 

-IT vendors for bank operations, banking correspondents and ATM cash management agencies 

-Bank branches to be allowed to work for normal working hours till disbursal of DBT cash transfer is over 

-SEBI, Capital & debt market services 

-IRDAI & insurance companies 

-Co-operative & credit societies 

Maharashtra government allows industries operating in rural areas, outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities 

-Allows all agri-horticulture produce processing, packaging and transport 

-Allows production units that require continuous process & their supply chain (imp) 

-Manufacturing of IT hardware, packaging material 

-Allows all mining related activities - coal production, mining, transportation, supply of explosives 

 ACTIVITIES TO REMAIN PROHIBITED TILL MAY 3: 

-All domestic and international travel 

-All passenger movement by trains 

-Buses for public transport 

-Inter district and inter-state movement of people other than medical reasons 

-All education, training g and coaching institutions 

-All industrial/commercial activities except specified in guidelines 

-All cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theaters, parks, auditoriums, assembly halls 

-All social, political, sports, academic, religious, cultural gatherings 

--All religious places 

-In the case of funerals, a congregation of more than 20 people won’t be allowed 

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