Maharashtra lifts mask mandate, wearing masks voluntary now

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced on March 31 that the mask mandate is being lifted along with other COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions will cease to exist from April 2, when Maharashtra celebrates Gudi Padwa.

He said: “All pandemic-related restrictions including mandatory wearing of the mask to be lifted in Maharashtra from April 2.”

Wearing masks will be voluntary from now, but the state government will encourage the practice, especially in crowded and public places.

The decision at a Maharashtra Cabinet meeting presided over by CM Uddhav Thackeray. According to news agency ANI, this is the first meeting he participated in person since he underwent spine surgery in November 2021.

Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad also confirmed via a tweet that the state cabinet has decided to lift all the existing COVID-19 restrictions in the state, which currently has less than 1,000 active coronavirus cases at 902.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office has released a statement on Twitter announcing the same.

Maharashtra has reported 183 new COVID-19 cases, 219 recoveries, and one coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

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