On Thursday, June 3, Congress chief and Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation Vijay Wadettiwar announced that the government of Maharashtra had decided on an unblocking plan. According to him, the wards were divided on the basis of the weekly positivity rate and the percentage of occupancy of oxygen beds. The lower the positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy, the more relaxation would be in that particular neighborhood. The announcement sparked a wave of joy among the sections concerned. Unfortunately, the government quickly indicated that these proposals were under consideration and had not yet been adopted by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
But at 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, the government officially announced that the said unlocking plan was indeed activated. CMO Maharashtra tweeted the notice and also carefully explained the criteria for the different district levels. According to the announcement, Level 3 includes cities and neighborhoods that have a weekly positivity rate of 5-10% or oxygen bed occupancy of over 40%. Mumbai falls into this category since its weekly positivity rate is 5.56% while the bed occupancy rate is 32.51%. In accordance with the regulations, cinemas will not be allowed to resume their activities for locations below level 3. However, filming may resume. However, certain rules must be strictly observed: filming will take place in a bubble and no crowd scene will be allowed. In addition, no movement will be allowed outside after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Also, there should be no movement on weekends.
It is interesting to note that cities and level 1 neighborhoods (with a weekly positivity rate of less than 5% and an oxygen bed occupancy rate of less than 25%) will be allowed to resume their activities in the wards. cinema and shopping centers with regular occupancy. This means that these sites will be allowed to operate in accordance with appropriate Covid behavior and subject to any SOPs drafted by the authorities. It remains to be seen whether theaters and shopping centers will be allowed 100% occupancy in these areas. And for cities and neighborhoods that fall under level 2 (having a weekly positivity rate of less than 5% and oxygen bed occupancy between 25 and 40%), theaters and shopping malls can operate at 50% of occupation.
An industry insider says, “This is great news for the industry. Many shootings are long overdue. Finally, the producers of these films can breathe a sigh of relief. Even the television industry will be happy. For a long time, many soap operas were filmed in the seaside resorts of Gujarat and Daman. It was funny how suddenly so many daily soap operas showed all the main characters moving into a complex. But what choice did they have? Now they can finally return to town.
However, he adds, “The rules are strict considering that Mumbai falls under level 3. But we have seen that the positivity rate has decreased in the city. I am sure the oxygen bed occupancy would decrease as well. If all goes well, in the next round, Mumbai could go from level 3 to level 2. ”
As per the government notification, every Thursday the Maharashtra Public Health Department will report the list of occupied oxygen beds and the weekly positivity rate in each district. Based on these numbers, a decision will be made whether a district should be moved to another level.
Recently, it emerged that producer Aditya Chopra had decided to dismantle the sets of Tiger 3, starring Salman Khan, as it was becoming financially unfeasible. Besides Tiger 3, the other films waiting to be shot are Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathan, Taapsee Pannu starring Shabaash Mithu, director of Ajay Devgn Help, the period drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali Gangubai Kathiawadi, Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starring Brahmastra, star Prabhas-Kriti Sanon Adipurus etc. A trade expert specifies, however: “The rules are such that not all film shoots can start. In addition, many producers insisted that they would like to have their units vaccinated before going on the floors. A clearer picture will emerge in a few days.
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– CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMahashtra) June 4, 2021
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