The Maharashtra government on Friday issued a notification for a five-level plan to relax the coronavirus-induced restrictions in the state, based on the weekly positivity rate and the occupancy of oxygen beds.
In Mumbai restaurants, shops selling non-essential items, and public places reopened from Monday. As per the BMC rules, the restaurants are operating at 50 per cent capacity for dining till 4 pm on weekdays.
As the restaurants reopened, people were seen enjoying their breakfast on Monday. While few restaurants could not open due to staff shortage.
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, earlier on Sunday, said that that the local administration can take a call on easing or tightening restrictions in their zones as the intensity of the pandemic varies across the state.
Maharashtra is under lockdown till June 15.
COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Maharashtra as only 12,557 fresh infections were recorded, the state's public health department informed on Sunday.
With 14,433 fresh discharges, the state's coronavirus recovery rate climbed to 95.05 per cent. As many as 233 deaths due to COVID-19 were registered on Sunday.
At present, there are 1,85,527 active cases in Maharashtra while 55,43,267 COVID-19 patients have been discharged after full recovery. The case fatality rate in the state stands at 1.72 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) on Monday resumed its bus service in Mumbai.
The decision was taken following the 5-step unlock which is currently in process in the Maharashtra capital city.
"The number of passengers will not be more than the total number of seats in any bus and wearing of face mask will be mandatory for every passenger," said the BEST.
Restaurants, shops selling non-essential items, and public places also reopened from Monday in Mumbai but malls, theatres, and multiplexes continued to remain shut.
(With inputs from agencies)