Mask is not mandatory in Maharashtra: all other COVID restrictions lifted too.

Mar 31, 2022 05:50 pm

What an announcement by the government of Maharashtra! With the constant decline of COVID cases in the state, Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad tweeted today that the state cabinet has decided to lift all the existing COVID-19 restrictions. “Now all festivals can be celebrated enthusiastically, wearing masks will be compulsory," he said.

This decision comes in at a time when the most auspicious festival of the state ‘Gudi Padma’ is nearing on April 2nd. This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

“From Gudhi Padwa (Marathi New Year which falls on April 2 this time), all COVID-19 related restrictions under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act will be withdrawn," Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.

“Wearing of face mask will be voluntary from April 2” he added.

Maharashtra on Wednesday recorded 119 fresh cases of coronavirus and two new fatalities, while 138 more patients were discharged following recovery, the state health department said. Today, the state recorded 183 fresh COVID-19 cases, 219 recoveries, and 1 death, the health department data shows.

The State has over 98% recovery rate. Earlier this month, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had issued a notice to all states and union territories that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will discontinue from April 1, 2022.

Meanwhile, India on Thursday reported 1,225 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases dipped to 14,307. There were 28 deaths reported due to respiratory infection.