Mumbai: Maharashtra government has imposed a night curfew from 11 pm to 6 am in the state’s municipal corporation areas from December 22 to January 5 amid concerns over a new strain of coronavirus reported in the UK.
According to an official statement here, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met in view of the situation in Britain.
It was decided in the meeting that as a precaution, a night curfew will be imposed in the municipal areas between December 22 to January 5 between 11 am and 6 am.
In addition, the state government also implemented a 14-day institutional quarantine for travelers from Europe and other West Asian countries landing in Maharashtra.
In addition to the above-mentioned counties, passengers coming from other international destinations will have to undergo domestic quarantine.
The rule came after India announced on Monday that it had temporarily taken restricted flights from Britain. The government said that the suspension of flights from the UK would come into effect from midnight on 22 December and would last till 31 December.
Earlier, Thackeray said that he does not think a one-night curfew or any other lockdown should be imposed, although several experts have suggested this to him.
Addressing the people of the state on social media, Uddhav said that wearing masks will be mandatory in the state for the next six months.
While welcoming the New Year, asking people to be careful, he said that the discovery of a new strain of the virus in Europe has resulted in a lockdown in many countries as there was no other option.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 2,234 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 18,99,352; The state health department said that 55 deaths reach 48,801.