Mumbai: After seeing huge crowds at liquor shops in Mumbai’s Red Zone areas and flouting the rules of social distancing, the state government in the third phase of the lockdown was given permission to open non-essential shops including liquor a day earlier, has been withdrawn from Mumbai by BMC on Tuesday. While issuing the circular to BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said that only grocery and medical stores will be allowed to open.
The order stated that “a number of such reports have been received from social media, police and ward officers, in which it was seen that a large number of people gathered near the shops due to the relaxation in lockdown, which made social distancing impossible to follow.” It was done. In some places, it was seen that due to the gathering of such a large number of people, even law and order had arisen.”
Non essential shops in Mumbai to shut. Only essential item stores like grocery shops and medical stores/chemist shops will be allowed to be open: BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) Commissioner pic.twitter.com/DqZOMJWfMlAdvertisement
— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2020
The circular further stated that the number of coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai is increasing and that a large number of people without social distancing will make it difficult to stop the spread of coronavirus and the lockdown is no use due to the mass gathering Will happen.
It is difficult to maintain the rules of social distancing due to long lines outside liquor shops across the city. Earlier, on 3 May, the Maharashtra government issued an order ordering all non-essential shops, including liquor, to be opened in all zones. It said that the number of people in each line in the Red Zone would be limited to 5. He has been kept in the Red Zone after frequent cases of coronavirus. Mumbai is also in the Red Zone.
According to BMC, there were 9,758 infected cases after 653 new cases of Covid-19 infection were reported in Mumbai on Tuesday. After the death of 26 patients, the number of dead reached 387.
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