Maharashtra Government to impose night curfew, lasting from 11pm to 5am, from January 10 and bar movement of people in groups of 5 or more.

This notice comes in as cases of the omicron variety of coronavirus rises in the country. On Saturday, India recorded 1,41,986 new COVID-19 cases.

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Under the new mandate in Maharashtra swimming pools, gyms, spas, beauty salons, zoos, museums, and entertainment parks will remain closed. Hair salons, malls, restaurants and cafeterias will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

Government offices are encouraged to promote work-from-home for employees wherever possible and visitors will only be entertained with explicit and written notes from Heads of Offices. Citizens may seek appointment with officials virtually, over video conferencing.

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Private offices will operate at a 50% capacity and only fully vaccinated employees shall be allowed to work from office.

Marriages, funerals, or any social or political gatherings must not exceed the head count of 50 individuals.

Schools and colleges are to remain closed till February 15, 2022, except for administrative work and those working in tandem with certification boards.

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Only fully vaccinated individuals will be allowed to use public transportation during non-curfew hours. Domestic travelling will require a negative RT-PCR test which will hold a validity of 72 hours, or a double vaccination proof.

International travel and all competitive exams will take place as per the wider Government of India guidelines.