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Mumbai reopening Level 3: BEST bus services, local trains resume from today

Mumbai's BEST bus services for the general public were suspended in March-April when Maharashtra started implementing additional measures to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 cases.

June 07, 2021 / 09:33 AM IST
A BEST bus in Mumbai (Representative image)

A BEST bus in Mumbai (Representative image)

The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) resumed bus service for the general public on June 7 as Maharashtra began ‘unlocking’ amid a subsiding second wave of COVID-19 cases.

According to the new orders, shops selling non- essential goods, restaurants and public places will reopen with restrictions. BEST buses will also resume services for the general public with certain protocols in place.

“Bus services for general public will resume in Mumbai tomorrow. Number of passengers will not be more than the number of seats on any bus. Wearing of face mask will be mandatory,” news agency ANI quoted BEST as saying.

BEST bus services for the general public were suspended in March-April when the state started implementing additional measures to curb the spread of the second wave of novel coronavirus infections.

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As per the fresh guidelines issued by the BMC on June 5, local trains will remain available only for specific categories.

In a notification issued on June 4, the Maharashtra government stated local trains would remain available for 'medical, few essentials and women', but authorised the civic administrations to put additional restrictions they deem fit.

The reference of 'women' was deleted by the BMC in its latest order which stated that entry in suburban trains would be restricted only for 'medical and few essentials'.

Maharashtra, the worst affected state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has shown a significant dip in daily COVID-19 cases.

According to the state’s new five-level reopening plan, municipal corporations and districts with a positivity rate between 5 and 10 percent and occupancy of oxygen beds of 40 percent are categorised under ‘level 3’.

Shops in Mumbai selling essential items will be allowed to remain open till 4 pm on all days. Shops selling non-essential products will be allowed to remain open till 4 pm on weekdays. Malls, theatres and multiplexes will continue to remain closed in the financial hub for now.

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(With agency inputs)
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first published: Jun 7, 2021 08:26 am

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