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With no respite in the rising coronavirus cases, Maharashtra government decided to extend the lockdown in state with further relaxations till October 30, officials said. Hotels, food courts, restaurants and bars can operate from October 5 with capacity not exceeding 50 per cent or as prescribed by local authorities. A separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued by the tourism department for precautions to be taken while operating these establishments, an official release said.

All the trains originating and ending the journey within the state will be restarted with immediate effect subject to health protocols for COVID-19, the latest guidelines said. All industrial and manufacturing units producing non- essential items will be allowed to operate in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The Railways will increase the frequency of local trains in the MMR. Local trains in Pune region will restart with protocols and procedures adopted in the MMR. Dabbawallahs of tiffin carriers in MMR will be allowed to travel by local trains after procuring QR code passes from the Mumbai police commissioner’s office. There shall be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles within and out of the state without any restrictions of time. Schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remained closed. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theaters in malls and market places, auditoriums, assembly halls will continue to remain closed. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious events and other large congregations will remain prohibited, the guidelines said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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