If Covid-19 cases continue to decline in Maharashtra, the government may allow citizens with single vaccine doses to participate in all activities in opened up sectors after Diwali, health minister Rajesh Tope indicated on Sunday.
As per the current guidelines of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), citizens who have received both doses and have completed 14 days after the second dose are allowed in malls, theatres and local trains.
On Sunday, Mumbai reported zero Covid deaths for the first time since March 26, 2020. Given increasing herd immunity and declining cases, the state government is relaxing the restrictions. After opening schools, colleges, cinemas and theatres, the state government is now considering giving access to all places, even to those partially vaccinated.
“Citizens who have taken a single dose may also have access to malls, local trains and all other places after Diwali. The Chief Minister will take a final decision after Diwali. This decision will be taken after consent from the Covid Task Force and health department officials,” said Rajesh Tope.
Speaking on the Covid situation in the state, Tope said, “These decisions can be taken if the state has substantial herd immunity, and the task force and the health department agree. A gap of 84 days is needed for the second Covishield dose. This causes inconvenience. Therefore, a decision will be taken keeping in view the situation,” added Tope.
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