Nagpur: Despite Covid-19 weekly test positivity rate (TPR) of the district continuing to be below 1%, the authorities have imposed more restrictions in the district. A couple of activities that were allowed beyond 4pm will now also be restricted up to 4pm in the district from July 5.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B and collector Ravindra Thakare have decided not to allow outdoor sports activities in the evening from July 5. As per existing guidelines, outdoor sports activities are allowed from 5am to 9am and 6pm to 9pm. Now, they will not be permitted from 6pm to 9pm, and limited to the morning hours from July 5.
Also, parcel or take away facility from restaurants was allowed after 4pm. Restrictions have been imposed on this also from July 5. Only home delivery will be permitted after 4pm now.
An official from Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) told TOI, “These decisions have been taken so there is no reason for people to roam in the city after 4pm, except for medical and emergency works. CP Amitesh Kumar suggested these changes for stringent implementation of stopping movement of people after 5pm,” he said.
A couple of days ago, collector Ravindra Thakare had issued a circular allowing home delivery of liquor from wine shops and bars upto 7pm on weekdays. This will continue.
Timings of essential and non-essential shops, dining in restaurants, bars, wine shops, private offices etc have been unchanged and allowed only up to 4pm. Non-essential shops, restaurants, bars, wine shops etc will continue to remain shut on weekends.
Infectious diseases specialist Dr Nitin Shinde said, “It is a golden period to allow economy to resume to some extent. Cases are very low and transmission is less for last two months. It will take at least five months after second wave for third wave to begin. Restrictions will have to be imposed after commencement of third wave. Therefore, authorities should allow all activities in current situation,” he said.
The number of positive cases in the district slightly increased to 48 on Friday which is above 40 after a week.