* Update at 8.35am: Heavy traffic jam outside a vegetable market in Mumbai’s Sion area
*The Maharashtra government has announced a calibrated easing of restrictions in red zones like Mumbai starting June 3 even as it extended the lockdown till the month-end. The step-by-step ‘unlocking’ has been dubbed the ‘Mission Begin Again’ programme for resumption of day-to-day activities in the worst-affected urban zones.
*The concessions will apply to 19 municipal corporations classified as red zones, except for containment zones in these jurisdictions.
*In the first phase, walking, cycling and jogging in open spaces will be permitted between 5 am and 7pm starting June 3. Self-employed workmen like plumbers, electricians and garage mechanics will also be allowed to resume work from this day, with prior appointments.
*In the second phase starting June 5, shops and markets except those in malls and shopping complexes will function on alternate days; shops on one side of the road will open on one day and those on the other side the next. In the third phase starting June 8, private offices can resume with 10% staffing.
*Despite the Centre allowing malls, hotels and restaurants, and religious places to be opened from June 8 as part of an “unlock” plan, Maharashtra has not given them a goahead yet. Barber shops, spas and parlours too will continue to remain shut, as per guidelines issued by the state on Sunday.