Mask and COVID restrictions back in Maharashtra


Jun 4, 2022 03:00 pm


With the rise in COVID cases restrictions and mask makes an entry back in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has made it compulsory for the citizens to wear masks in public places except open spaces. Additional Chief Secretary, Dr Pradeep Vyas, in a letter to all district authorities, gave out several orders including ones for mandating the wearing of masks in public places. "Mask in closed public spaces like trains, buses, cinemas, auditoriums, offices, hospitals, colleges, schools is a must," he said.


Maharashtra has reintroduced compulsory masking in public, except in open spaces, due to a surge in the covid cases in the last few days. Over 1,000-plus cases were recorded in Maharashtra for the third day on June 3.


The state government's announcement is part of a strategic plan to contain the surge and keep hospitalisation to a minimum.


The Maharashtra health department on June 3 asked district and civic authorities to ramp up coronavirus testing as the numbers of samples being examined had fallen while cases were rising.


In a letter to collectors, municipal corporations and chief executive officers, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradeep Vyas said all districts should ensure the proportion of RT-PCR tests was at least 60 per cent.


"People should be advised to wear masks in closed public spaces like trains, buses, cinemas, auditoriums, offices, hospitals, colleges and schools," Vyas said.