Local trains in Mumbai will start from August 15 for those who have been vaccinated with both shots. The Maharashtra government will launch an app where people can update if they have taken both doses and when they took their 2nd dose. People can take passes either from the app or from the offices
Passengers who do not have a smartphone can take photo passes from municipal ward offices in the city as well as suburban railway stations. These passes are for local travel which will have QR codes so that the railway administration can verify their authenticity.
After a meeting of the Covid task force, the government will announce relaxations about malls, restaurants, and more, the Chief Minister said. The vast local train service of Mumbai is currently open to only essential service workers. Regular operations were shut down in April this year during the devastating 2nd wave of COVID-19.
Chief Minister Thackeray urged people to follow coronavirus safety rules. "We all know that we have not yet fully recovered from the second wave. There is also the risk of a potential third wave. The central government has also repeatedly warned you about this," he said. Maharashtra reported 5,508 new COVID-19 cases - 553 fewer than yesterday - and 151 deaths in the last 24 hours.
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