New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the sharp spike in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the state government on Thursday decided to reopen gyms and salons across the state from next week, Maharashtra Minister Aslam Sheikh said today. However, the MVA government has not taken any decision on allowing religious gathering in the state, he added. 

The salons will reopen in the state from June 28, however, the salons will only provide haircuts to the customers and no shaving will be allowed. Wearing of face masks will also be mandatory. The minister also said that further guidelines for the reopening of gyms and salons will be issued later keeping in mind the social distancing norms. 

Gyms and salons in Maharashtra were closed since the starting of the nation-wide lockdown on March 25 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Maharashtra remains to be the worst-hit state from the deadly pathogen. The state has so far recorded 1,42,900 cases of coronavirus while the death toll due to the COVID-19 stood at 6,739 in the state. 

In view of the coronavirus outbreak, even the organisers of the famous Dahi Handi festival in Mumbai have started cancelling the celebrations of the festivals. Mumbai has been reporting an average of almost 1,200 COVID-19 cases daily for the past week and is fighting hard to contain its spread.

"Dahi Handi celebrations to not take place in Mumbai's Ghatkopar this year in view of #COVID19 spread," tweeted Ram Kadam, head of the festival's Ghatkopar organising committee, who is also a BJP leader.

Dahi Handi organising committees started cancelling the events scheduled for celebrations since last week when Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri took place with a curfew in place. Only priests and temple attendees were allowed to participate in the procession. 

Posted By: Talib Khan