Omicron: Maharashtra Government Imposes Restrictions On Movement Of People, Many Things Closed; Check Guidelines Here

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Sumit Singh & Mubarak Ansari

Pune, 8th January 2022: In the backdrop of the rising Coronavirus disease (COVID19) cases especially those of Omicron variant, the Maharashtra state government has tightened the restrictions. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “We again stand at a juncture where we are battling a COVID wave. Without discussing how dangerous this new variant may or may not be, let us ensure the safety of one another. I earnestly request you to get vaccinated & mask up as it is the most effective way to fight the virus.

I reiterate that we want to curtail unnecessary crowding but not impose any lockdown. The fact is that no restrictions will be effective unless we all adhere to COVID protocols. I request you to be vigilant about the symptoms and seek medical advice at the earliest.”

Chief Secretary Debashish Chakrabarty today issued a new set of guidelines which will come into effect from Monday, January 10th.

Movement of People:

  • No Movement in groups of 5 or more from 5 AM to 11 PM.
  • No movement from11 PM to 5 AM, except for essential purposes (check below what all covered in essential purposes)


  • 50% seating capacity allwed. Information about full capacity as well as present number of visitors must be displayed on a notice board outside establishment for information of all visitors.
  • Only fully vaccinated persons to be allowed.
  • To be closed from 10 PM to 8 AM on all days.
  •  Home delivery is allowed all days.

Auditorium, Cinema Theatres:

  • 50% seating capacity. Information about full capacity as well as present number of visitors must be displayed on a notice board outside establishment for information of all visitors.
  • Only fully vaccinated persons to be allowed.
  •  To be closed from 10 PM to 8 AM on all days.

Shopping malls, market complexes with restricted entry:

  • 50% capacity. Information about fully capacity as well as present number of visitors must be displayed on a notice board outside 
  •  Management to appoint marshals to ensure strict observance of covid prevention norms by all visitors and staff
  •  Rapid antigen testing booths
  • Only fully vaccinated persons to be allowed. 
  • To be closed from 10 PM to 8 AM every day.

Swimming Pools, GymsSpas, Wellness Centers and

Beauty Salons To remain closed.

Entertainment Parks, Zoos, Museums, Forts and other ticketed places/ events for the general public, local tourist spots (to be decided by district authority) to remain closed. 

Hair Cutting Salons:

  • 30% capacity. To be closed From 10 PM to 7 AM every day.
  • In case of any setup with multiple activities, other activities shall remain closed.
  • Must adhere to strict covid prevention norms and all the persons engaged must be fully vaccinated.

International Travel – As per Government of India guidelines

Domestic Travel – Double vaccination or mandatory negative RTCPR test report valid from upto 72 hrs of the time of arrival in Maharashtra state. This shall apply to air, train as well as on road passengers. This will also apply for drivers, cleaners and other support staff that may be travelling.   

Essential Purposes required for movement:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Performing an essential service.  
  • Movement towards of from Airport, Railway Stations, Bus Stations, with a valid ticket for the journey
  • Offices that are opened 24 hours, staff movement for various shifts to be considered as essential
  • All persons working in shops, restaurants, hotels or any establishment engaged in e-commerce or home-delivery must be fully vaccinated. The management shall be held responsible and if any case is found in contravention to this requirement, concerned establishment shall be closed by local authority. Periodic testing using RAT for staff engaged in these activities are to be carried out by the management.

Government Offices

  • No visitors except with explicit and written permission of Heads of Offices.
  • Online interactions through Video Conference (VC) for citizens to be enabled by Heads of Offices.
  • Meetings on VC for all attendees coming from outside the same campus or head quarter.
  • Rationalization of employees present during office hours through promoting Work from Home as well as staggering of working hours depending upon the requirement by Heads of Offices. For this Head of Office may consider flexible hours for employees.
  • Head of Office to ensure strict adherence to covid prevention norms.
  • Thermal Scanners, Hand Sanitisers to be made available by all Heads of Offices.

Private Offices 

  • Office Management to rationalise the number of employees through work from home and staggering of working hours. It is advised that not more than 50% of regular attendance be reached and for this Management may consider flexible hours for employees as well as keeping offices open for 24 hours and working in shifts, Travel for the office purposes, if office has staggered timings and is working in odd hours is to be considered as movement for essential purposes on production of ID cards by employees. While taking these decisions, safety and convenience of women employees must be taken into consideration.
  • Only fully vaccinated employees to attend office physically. Non-vaccinated employees must be encouraged to go for full vaccination.
  • Strict adherence to covid prevention guidelines by all employees at all times to be ensured by Office Management.
  • Thermal Scanners, Hand Sanitisers to be made available by Office Management.

Social/ Religious/ Cultural/Political Gatherings – Maximum 50 persons allowed

Marriages  Maximum 50 persons allowed

Funeral, last rites –  Maximum 20 persons allowed

Schools and Colleges, coaching classes:

  • To remain closed till 15th February, 2022, except for Activities required to be taken by various Educational Boards for 10th and 12th Standard Students.
  • Administrative activities and activities to be undertaken by Teachers other than classroom teachings,
  •  Activities specially directed by or permitted by School Education Department, Department of Skill and Entrepreneurship Development, Department of Technical and Higher Education, Department of Medical Education, Department of Women and Child Development or any statutory authority.


Cargo Transport, Industrial Activities, Construction Activities:  Only for fully vaccinated persons

Public Transport: Only for fully vaccinated persons, regular timings

UPSC/MPSC Examinations: 

  • All competitive exams being held at National level shall be as per the GOI guidelines. Hall tickets for these exams shall be valid document to prove essential purpose for movement. 
  • All competitive exams being held at State level where hall tickets have already been issued and dates of examination have already been notified shall be conducted as notified.
  • All further examinations shall be conducted only after sanction of SDMA.
  • Conduct of examination shall be strictly as per covid preventive protocols and District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) shall appoint observers for the same.


Sporting Competitive Events:

  • To be deferred except for national and International levels competitions already scheduled with following guidelines:

 1. No Audience. 

2. Bio-Bubble for all the Players and Officials.

3. GOI rules shall be applicable for all participating international and domestic players. 

4. RT-PCR RAT every third day for all players and Officials.

-No city or district level sports camps, competitions, events to be organized. 

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