New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Maharashtra Government has extended the covid-induced lockdown till October 31 with fresh relaxations. Under the revised guidelines, the state government has permitted dine-in services in restaurants to resume operations at 50% capacity from October 5. Mumbai's famous dabbawala have also been granted permission to resume travel in local trains. Local trains in Pune have bee allowed to resume operations. Railway authorities have also been directed to increase frequency of trains in the MMR region.

All industrial and manufacturing units producing non- essential items will be allowed to operate in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). 

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.

Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres 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.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra rose to 13,84,446 on Wednesday with the single-day addition of 18,317 fresh cases, the state health department said. With 481 deaths, the cumulative toll in the state mounted to 36,662, it said. While 237 of the 481 fatalities occurred in the last 48 hours, 115 patients had succumbed a week back. Another 129 deaths had occurred earlier, the department said.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha