Covid-19 Pandemic has indeed been tough for India, but its horrors can be seen in Maharashtra in one of the leading Indian States. Keeping in mind the fight against Covid-19, Maharashtra has imposed restrictions under S.144 of Criminal Procedure code state-wide. These restrictions have been implemented from 8p.m. of 14th May 2021 and will go on until 1st May 2021. This has been titled as ‘Break the Chain’ Initiative, meaning breaking the disease chain in the people.
S. 144 of the Cr.P.C. allows executive magistrate any state or territory to issue an order to prohibit the people to assemble at one place or organise any such event/programme where five or more people’s gatherings can be expected. This is being done to avoid crowding in places so as to stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading.
The rules and restrictions imposed find their authority in the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The complete restrictions in the State are as follows:
• From 7A.M to 8.P.M only essential category and exempted category will be allowed to move and function outside the homes;• Post 8P.M. there is the imposition of night curfew;• All other services and working to remain closed int the state;• Essential Category will include: Groceries, ATMs, Petrol Pumps, Medical Services etc;• For public transport, Auto rickshaws are only permitted 2 passengers along with one driver. For 4 wheeler taxis, driver and 50% passenger capacity is permitted. Buses will run at full seating occupancy, but no standing passengers will be permitted;• All persons are also to wear masks and sanitize hands at all times;• Roadside food stalls are allowed to remain open fortakeaways;• Restaurants and other food chains will be permitted for delivery;• Religions places are to remain closed;• E-commerce to continue functioning as normal and deliveries for the same are permitted.