Maharashtra: what are essential services and what are not. Complete list

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray did not impose a full lockdown in the state but said there would be a strict ‘janta curfew’, starting at 8pm today. The janta curfew will remain in effect until 7 a.m. on May 1.

The state government order said emergency measures will be enforced across the state to “break the chain of transmission.”

On Tuesday, Maharashtra reported 60,212 new cases of Covid-19. It was the second time in three days that the state reported more than 60,000 cases.

“All essential industries must operate at full capacity. All establishments, public places will remain closed, except essential ones. Public transport will continue to operate only for essential workers and in case of emergency and for essential activities for the general public “, announced CM Thackeray.

Essential services allowed to operate during the jantà curfew:

  • Hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics, vaccinations, medical insurance offices, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, other medical and health services, including manufacturing and distribution units. This would also include dealers, transportation and supply chain.
  • Manufacture and distribution of vaccines, disinfectants, masks, medical equipment, their accessories, raw material units and support services.
  • Veterinary services/animal shelters and pet food stores.
  • Grocery stores, greengrocers, fruit merchants, dairies, bakeries, confectioneries, all types of food businesses.
  • Storage and cold storage services.
  • Public transport: Airplanes, trains, taxis, cars and public buses.
  • Services related to the operation of the offices of diplomats of various countries.
  • Pre-monsoon activities by local authorities.
  • All utilities by local authorities.
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and services designated by RBI as essential.
  • All offices of SEBI-recognized market infrastructure institutions such as stock exchanges, depositories, clearing houses, etc. and other intermediaries registered with SEBI.
  • Services required for the restoration/maintenance of telecommunications services.
  • Haulage.
  • Water supply services
  • Activities related to agriculture and all related activities necessary to ensure a seamless continuity of the agricultural sector, including the availability of agricultural inputs, seeds, fertilizers, equipment and their repairs.
  • Import-export of all goods.
  • E-commerce (only for the supply of essential goods and services)
  • Accredited media
  • Gasoline pumps and petroleum-related products, including offshore/onshore production
  • All freight services
  • Data centers/cloud services/IT services supporting critical infrastructure and services.
  • Government and private security services.
  • Electricity and gas supply services.
  • ticket vending machines
  • postal services
  • Ports and related activities
  • Customs brokers/licensed multi-modal transport operators associated with the movement of vaccines/life-saving drugs/pharmaceuticals.
  • Units producing raw materials/packaging material for all essential services.
  • Units engaged in producing materials for the impending rainy season for individuals as well as organizations.
  • All services designated as essential services by the local disaster management authority.

According to the Maharashtra government, the order categorically directs all enforcement authorities to note that the restrictions imposed in the state are mainly on the movement of people and not goods and commodities.

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Michelle J. Kelley