Can’t shift homes, can travel within Maharashtra for valid reason | Mumbai News -

Can’t shift homes, can travel within Maharashtra for valid reason | Mumbai News


Here are answers to frequently asked questions released by the state government on Thursday on the restrictions imposed till May 1.

Q: What qualifies as essential e-commerce?
A: All goods and services under the ‘essential services’ category mentioned in the order qualify for e-commerce. For example, all that is needed for health or medical reasons, groceries and food items, among such others.
Q: Can plumbers, carpenters and electricians work? Can cleaning, disinfection and pest control be done? Are refrigerator, AC and other home appliances repair technicians allowed?
A: If it is unavoidable, then water and electricity services by private people are allowed. Similarly, cleaning, disinfection and pest control as well as residential or home appliance repairs can be considered as essential services. But these should reasonably be immediately needed. The principle is to discourage unnecessary movement in the state. If these considerations are found to be misused, then the state will have to control or deny them.
Q: Will dental clinics stay open?
A: Yes.
Q: Will stationery and book shops be open?
A: No.
Q: Will wine shops and cigarette shops be open?
A: No shops are to open unless they fall in the essential category. These do not. (Home delivery of liquor is allowed though.)
Q: Will construction material stores such as for steel, cement and ready mix be open?
A: If a construction site is open as per orders, material movement is allowed in and out. Orders may be placed online or over the phone and deliveries may be made to the location. But no shutters are to open for over-the-counter conduct of business.
Q: Is courier service available?
A: Only for essential services.
Q: Can NGOs conduct relief work for people and animals ?
A: Not without the consent of the local disaster management authority.
Q: Can textiles and garment factories stay open?
A: No.
Q: Will travel agencies be open? Will travel, visa, passport assistance be open ?
A: Travel agencies can’t open physically. They will continue to operate virtually though. As far as visa and passport assistance is concerned, the state has allowed single-window systems such as in the collector’s offices, those being run by government offices and authorised agencies to operate on working days.
Q: Are only those workmen and employees who stay within a walking distance or a locality near the factory allowed at the permitted units or can those from other municipalities or panchayats of Maharashtra report to work too? (For example, can a workman from Kalyan go to a Thane unit?)
A: The work force of industries producing essentials can travel, as per the government order dated April 13.
Q: Is rapid antigen test still required for home delivery personnel?
A: No.
Q: Can delivery of essential items like food be done post 8pm, either by restaurants themselves or e-commerce sites ?
A: There is no restriction for essential services and home delivery timings. The time limit for operations of establishments is decided by local authorities. So, if the regular timings are beyond 8pm, delivery is permitted.



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