All movie theaters in Maharashtra will be allowed to open after October 22, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said in a tweet this afternoon, as the state eases restrictions amid falling cases of Covid.
The protocol to be followed when the cinemas reopen is in preparation and will be published soon, the chief minister’s office added.
Maharashtra, which has recorded the highest number of Covid cases in the country, is gradually easing restrictions as vaccination accelerates. In Mumbai, 41 percent of the population is fully vaccinated and 88 percent of the population has received their first dose.
Schools statewide will open from October 4. “We start schools from October 4. In rural areas it will be grades 5-12, and in cities it will be grades 8-12. To arrive at this decision, we consulted with the working group on Covid … we took their advice and included in the government resolution. We discussed this with the health ministry and the health ministry also gave us permission and the chief minister also allowed us today ‘ hui to go ahead with the decision, ”said State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad.
The state government also announced on Friday that all places of worship will reopen from October 7, the first day of Navratri. “All places of worship will reopen for worshipers from the first day of Navaratri, that is, October 7, 2021, while respecting all COVID security protocols,” Mr. Thackeray’s office tweeted.
Even as states are gradually easing restrictions, the central government is constantly reminding people to be careful before the holiday season.
Maharashtra has recorded over 65.37 lakh Covid cases since the start of the pandemic; it has registered 3,286 cases in the last 24 hours. India has recorded 3.36 million cases so far; more than 29,000 new cases were registered yesterday.