The Maharashtra government on Monday determined to further relax the pandemic norms. At a meeting with the Covid Task Force and Children's Task Force, chaired by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, it has been decided to reopen all dry amusement parks from October 22, and the decision to resume water rides in the parks or exclusive water parks has been postponed.
Dry amusement parks will join the entertainment or outing options for people with all cinemas and theatres also reopening that day. Thackeray urged that “We are gradually easing the restrictions as the number of Covid patients seem to on the decline. But at the same time, the numbers of dengue and chikungunya victims is on the increase and adequate attention must be paid to them.” On increasing the working hours for shops and establishments as wells restaurants and eateries, Thackeray directed the departments concerned to prepare suitable guidelines keeping in view the current pandemic situation.
The Chief made it clear that though the second wave has subsided (after nearly 9 months), there is still the risk of a third wave and hence it was important to continue adhering to all Covid protocols. Thackeray directed the Public Health Department to make adequate vaccines stocks available even for children who can be administered the same after a decision is taken in this regard.