Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday, August 6, has urged the business sectors and residents of urban centres, where relaxations have not been made, to be patient.
This statement came days after the Maharashtra government announced the easing of COVID-19 curbs in most districts of the state.
He also mentioned that the state government was considering allowing the general public to travel on local trains, however, it would first assess the pros and cons before making a decision. Public health is the biggest priority, he added.
Thackeray further said that while cases in parts of the state were dipping, some districts required a more cautious approach.
“Relaxations have been given where we could; wherever we couldn’t, we had no option. But if relaxations were not given this time, it doesn’t mean those businesses will be shut forever. Traders and people should be patient,” Thackeray was quoted by TOI.
On Monday evening, August 2, the Uddhav Thackeray government allowed extended timings for shops, parks and allowed malls to re-open in many districts, but restaurant hours have not been extended. Theatres and multiplexes have not been allowed to re-open too.
Moreover, the relaxations have been confined to 25 districts while 11 others, including Pune, where coronavirus indicators are higher than the state’s average remain under a tighter lockdown.