The coronavirus pandemic has taken the whole nation by storm. Multiple lockdowns were imposed since March and the daily lives of the citizens have been disrupted. Recently, the Central Government announced Unlock 3.0 across the nation from August 5. With this decision, the public life was on its way back to a bit of normalcy for the first time in four months. Following the guidelines of Unlock 3.0, the Maharashtra government allowed malls, market shops and shopping complexes to reopen from Wednesday.
However, as per a report in Times of India, all the malls that were reopened on August 5 have now been ordered to remain closed from August 6 in the Navi Mumbai area. The report states that the malls were permitted to reopen on the conditions that the safety measures were to be strictly followed by the operators as well as the visitors. But since the conditions were not followed, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued an order to shut them down again.
According to the report, social distancing was not followed and guidelines issued by the NMMC were violated. Reportedly, many people even traveled from other cities to visit the reopened malls in Navi Mumbai. This increased crowding in the malls and the NMMC was forced to take action.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Navi Mumbai has surged to 16,957 and 441 people have succumbed to the deadly virus. As per the data provided by the NMMC, there are 4,042 active cases in and 12,474 infected patients have been recovered in the city so far.