The Maharashtra government has on Friday afternoon announced the shutting down of Mumbai, among others, till March 31. Workplaces will have to be mandatorily closed, while essential services will be available.
Aaditya Thackeray said, "Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today announced that, from Friday midnight, all workplaces will remain closed till 31st March. This is applicable in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur. Govt offices to operate at 25% attendance. Essential services shall operate, any other services important to operate, the collectors shall specify from time to time. Groceries, milk and other day-to-day items shall be available. Citizens are required to reduce unnecessary movement."
The closure is expected to severely impact economic activity, especially in the informal sector. The government is left with no option, though.