Lockdown will have to be extended in Maharashtra if people don't follow guidelines

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the COVID-19 threat still persists though restrictions have been partially eased to allow resumption of business and other activities.

Urging people to avoid crowding and maintain physical distancing post easing of lockdown norms under "Mission Begin Again'', he reiterated his demand for resumption of suburban train services in Mumbai for the movement of staff on essential services duty to work .

Thackeray hinted the coronavirus-induced lockdown, currently in force till 30 June, will have to be extended if guidelines related to it are not followed strictly by people.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the state legislature, he said lockdown measures have been eased because economic activities need to resume as people may now have learnt to live with this deadly virus .

Fear of virus is still there in our country but we cannot leave our work we need to start economic activities Outdoor physical activity has been allowed for your good health and not to spoil it," he said, referring to reports of people crowding on the roads after the restrictions were eased.

The chief minister said people should follow coronavirus-related protocols for their own good.

"Lockdown will have to continue if this happens. But I am confident people will listen to the government''s rules and guidelines since it is taking care of their welfare," he said.

Thackeray said he has been demanding that suburban train services resume in Mumbai to allow people on essential services duty to commute.

The chief minister rejected reports in a section of the media about friction between ministers and bureaucrats in the cabinet meeting which took place on Tuesday.

"It is not true," he said.

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