Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: At a time when the novel coronavirus is growing at an alarming rate in the country, the Mumbai police on Sunday issued new guidelines for the people of the financial capital, asking them to adhere the lockdown guidelines issued by the state government strictly.

As per the latest guidelines, all vehicles that “ply in areas away from home without valid reasons would be impounded”. In a statement, the Mumbai police said that people are only allowed to go to shopping or exercising within a radius of two kilometres.

The police said that the decision has been taken in wake of the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai.

“While many activities have been permitted under the Mission Begin Again guidelines issued by State Government making the movement of people easier, the threat of COVID-19 still persists in the city. It is absolutely necessary that we all follow the norms of personal safety and social distancing,” the Mumbai police said.

Here’s all you need to know about the guidelines issued by the Mumbai police:

  1. The Mumbai police has said that all movement outdoors should be restricted for essential activities only.
  2. People would need to wear face masks while moving outside.
  3. Visit to markets, salons, barber shops etc. shall be restricted to those within a radius of 2 km from residence only. Movement outside this radius for shopping etc. is strictly prohibited, the police said.
  4. The police further said that outdoor movement for the purpose of exercise is strictly restricted to open spaces within a radius of 2km from place of residence.
  5. It said that movement beyond two km is permitted only for attending office or medical emergencies.
  6. People will have to follow social distancing norms at all times, the police noted.
  7. Strict action will be taken against all persons who violate the above norms, it added.
  8. The police further noted that shops and markets not following social distancing norms will be closed down.
  9. No movement of persons except for essential activities is allowed during night curfew between 2100 hours to 0500 hours. Any violation of the night curfew shall be strictly penalized, the police said.
  10. 10. It also said that all vehicles found plying away from their local area without a valid reason will be compulsorily impounded.

The novel coronavirus has been growing at an alarming rate. In Maharashtra, the deadly infection has affected over 1.59 lakh people and claimed the lives of over 7,200, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Amid the worsening situation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the lockdown will not be lifted after May 30. "Don't think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30...The threat of COVID-19 still looms over the state and all precautions need to be taken," Thackeray was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

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