Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Maharashtra government Sunday extended the coronavirus-induced lockdown till June 30 in the state, day after the Centre released the guidelines for the phase-wise upliftment of the lockdown.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took it to twitter to released the guidelines for the fifth phase of the lockdown. He termed it "mission begin again".

According to the guidelines issued by the state government, the movement of individuals will continue to remain prohibited from 9 pm to 5 am, except for essential activities. 

Meanwhile, all private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent strength from June 8 as per requirement, with remaining persons working from home, the state government said.

The state government also allowed Intra-district bus services. It, however, said that inter-district bus services will not be permitted.

"From 5th June, all markets, market areas and shops, except malls and market complexes, are allowed to function on odd-even basis from 9 am to 5 pm," the state government said.

The guidelines further said that religious places and places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, shopping malls, barber shops, spas, salons and beauty parlours will continue to remain closed across the state.

The state government also said that in phase 1, individual physical exercises will be permitted in open public spaces including beaches, playgrounds, gardens and promenades from 5 am and 7 pm.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India by the dreadful coronavirus. The deadly virus, which originated in China's Wuhan, has infected more than 65,000 while nearly 2,200 have lost their lives, as per the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Meanwhile, more than 28,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals in the state, said the Union Health Ministry.

The Home Ministry on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.

While announcing the extension of the lockdown in containment zones across the country, the Union Home Ministry said temples, mosques, churches and other religious places and shopping malls will be allowed to open in a phased manner from June 8 while a decision on opening of schools and colleges will be taken in July in consultation with the states.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma