All private workplaces in Mumbai except grocers, pharmacies and other essential services have been ordered to close until 31 March. It is the closest an Indian city has come to a complete shutdown following coronavirus outbreak.
Schools, universities, malls and theaters have already closed in both Mumbai and other Indian cities.
There are now 47 active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.
With the largest number of COVID-19 patients, Maharashtra is suffering its worst-ever health crisis.
India overall has 206 infections.
Mumbai contributes 6% of India’s GDP and 30% of its income tax revenue.
“We has decided to close all shops and offices except those providing essential services in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur until March 31, the chief minister of the state said.
After the meeting, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government announced that the state government offices would operate with minimum work strength. Additionally, it has also asked the private firms to work at 50% attendance.
“The staffers will work alternatively. Public transport like trains, metro and buses will be also run on this same 50 percent principle basis.” Thackeray said. He adds that the government plans to implement shift hours for retail shops/markets in different urban localities.