Nagpur: Citing an increase in positive cases of Covid-19 and a growing threat of the Omicron variant, the district disaster management authority (DDMA) decided on Saturday to ban all types of commercial activities, restaurants, bars, wine shops , educational establishments, cinemas, receptions including weddings, etc. from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the neighborhood. After a few hours, officials suspended the order following alleged pressure from the state government and custodial minister Nitin Raut.
City Commissioner Radhakrishnan B told TOI that all commercial establishments, restaurants, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, etc. would continue to operate under existing schedules. “Authorization will be sought from the National Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) for the implementation of stricter restrictions given the increase in cases,” he said.
The civic leader said restrictions on the number of people in functions, religious places, etc. approved by the state government would go into effect from Sunday.
At around 10 p.m., collector R Vimala suspended his order with tighter restrictions on rural areas in the district. New guidelines released by the government a day ago will come into effect in rural areas on December 28, she said.
This means restaurants and eateries are allowed to operate until midnight and deliver home delivery 24 hours a day. Malls, movie theaters, essential and non-essential stores can stay open until 11:00 p.m.
Earlier, given the new guidelines issued by the government a day ago, the DDMA led by the collector and comprising the president of Zilla Parishad, Rashmi Barve, Radhakrishnan, the CEO of ZP Yogesh Kumbhejkar, the additional municipal commissioner of NMC , Ram Joshi, decided to implement stricter restrictions in the district.
The tax collector issued her order at 5 p.m., followed by the municipal chief at 7 p.m. In the orders issued by the civic leader, the collector and the press release, it was mentioned that stricter restrictions were needed to contain the spread of Covid in the district. “There were 12 cases a day ago. Today, the number of cases has doubled to 24. Cases are increasing in the district if you consider the figures for the last week. Given the perceived third wave, a system needs to be put in place in time, ”officials said.
In accordance with the orders, all commercial establishments, restaurants, bars, wine shops, restaurants, sports, events, functions, playgrounds were to close at 9 p.m.
Hoteliers and their associations have reportedly lodged complaints with state officials and Raut citing that no such restrictions were in place in other parts of the state. Raut and Mumbai officials have reportedly ordered local officials to keep the decision on hold for restaurants, malls and movie theaters.
The collector has issued another order restricting wine shops and bars until 9 p.m. No revised order was issued by it in this regard until the tabling of this report. Currently, wine shops and bars can operate until 10:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., respectively.
The collector also asked GMCH, IGGMCH and AIIMS to keep the Covid services ready given the increase in cases.