Maharashtra removes all Covid curbs, wearing mask not mandatory

The Maharashtra government on Thursday decided to withdraw all Covid-19 restrictions imposed under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act in the state from Saturday, when Gudi Padwa - the Maharashtrian New Year - will be celebrated.

While the government advised the people to follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, wearing a mask is no more mandatory but has been made optional.

Sources in the government said that the restrictions could be imposed again in case there is an increase in Covid-19 cases in the state.

As per the presentation made by the health department before the Cabinet, 1,024 Covid-19 cases have been reported in the state between March 24 and 30.

Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that with the Cabinet decision to lift all restrictions, rules like mandatory double vaccination and wearing of a mask no longer apply.