After a hiatus of almost 4 months, the city of Mumbai, known to be an ultimate shopping destination, is all set to embrace mall visitors again. The government of Maharashtra has issued a fresh set of protocols to be followed under Mission Begin Again. Under these, malls can open up in Mumbai from August 5, but food courts and theatres will remain shut. Read on to know the details.
Theatres, Gaming Zones To Remain Shut In Mumbai Malls
Malls and shopping complexes in Mumbai are all set to open up on August 5, but are subject to certain guidelines. They are allowed to remain open from 9 AM to 7 PM. Theatres, food courts, restaurants, bars and gaming zones will remain shut within these complexes. Furthermore, kitchens of only those restaurants in the mall will be allowed to operate, wherein home delivery via aggregators is possible. On that note, allow us to take you through Mumbai’s ultimate destination mall:
Mission Begin Again: Non-Essential Shops To Reopen
The state of Maharashtra will remain under a lockdown till August 31. However, the government is slowly easing up on its restrictions through Mission Begin Again. Non-essential shops can operate between 9 AM to 7 PM. Also, counter sale of liquor will be permitted, with social distancing measures in place. Other preventive public health norms like mask wearing and frequent sanitisation are to be followed as well.
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Shorter Idols, Smaller Pandals This Ganesh Chaturthi
The state government has also issued guidelines for the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi this year. Idols of Lord Ganesh will be shorter and the festivities will be conducted on a low-scale. The size of the pandals has also been reduced to contain the spread of coronavirus. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations will begin on August 22, and it will be remarkably different from previous years.
Maharashtra has recorded 450,000 cases so far, with 15,842 deaths. The state is slowly succeeding in flattening the curve.