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MUMBAI: BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued directives on Wednesday allowing delivery boys, domestic help, drivers and other service staff to carry on their work beyond the 8pm lockdown rule and on all days of the week.
The new directives also clarified who would be allowed movement during the weekend lockdown in the city under the government’s ‘Break the Chain’ order. These include online food and essential supply delivery, roadside food stalls that provide takeaway services, students and candidates who must appear for competitive exams, househelp, cooks and drivers.
Lockdown guidelines currently in force in Mumbai restrict movement beyond 8pm.
Chahal, in the civic circular, has said house help, drivers, nurses and medical attendants who provide services to senior citizens and ailing people at home are allowed movement between 7am and 10pm on all days.
The government, in its April 5 order, had said the local disaster management authority would need to decide on allowing domestic help, drivers and cooks to work past 8pm and on weekends.
Meanwhile, all home delivery of food and essential supplies through online service providers and apps is allowed 24 hours on all days in the week. It has also been clarified that during the weekend lockdown, takeaway from restaurants in person is not permitted, though home delivery is allowed.
The government directive had stated that takeaway orders, parcels and home delivery services were to be allowed only between 7am and 8pm, and not for 24 hours.
During the weekend lockdown, roadside food stalls, including fruit stalls, are allowed to provide parcels or takeaway services. No person can stand around and consume the food.
Importantly, all students or candidates who have to attend various exams, including competitive entrance tests, are allowed to make necessary movement during the weekend lockdown and their exam hall tickets should be considered valid for the purpose. They are allowed to be accompanied by one guardian or parent too.
The state government on Wednesday also issued a clarification stating food shops that have been listed as essential services also include those for poultry, meat and fish.
The order stated that supply of gas will now be included under essential services too, apart from financial institutions and offices of Sebi-recognised market infrastructure institutions.
(Inputs by Sujit Mahamulkar)



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