HYDERABAD: A purported list of lockdown guidelines for Mumbai is viral on social media.

The post falsely claims that this list has been issued by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

"Maharashtra Mumbai New Total Lockdown Guidelines applicable from 1st May 2021," the post reads.

The purported guidelines provide timings of certain establishments such as gas agencies, chemist shops, and general stores.


NewsMeter found that the claim is fake. No such guidelines have been issued by BMC.

BMC tweeted and refuted the false claim. It states that "BMC has issued NO such guidelines. All lockdown guidelines issued by the state govt will remain in effect. We request citizens to NOT believe in rumors & urge them to NOT forward such FAKE information," BMC said.

Maharashtra government has extended the COVID-19 restrictions till May 15. Initially, the restrictions were from April 14 to May 1. But it has now been extended.

The state government has exempted essential services. These include hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics, vaccinations, and other health services among others. All types of food shops and public transport are allowed.

Recreational areas, schools and colleges, and religious places shall remain closed. Private vehicles, excluding buses, will only be allowed for essential services or medical emergencies with a driver plus 50 percent of seating capacity. No inter-city or inter-district travel will be allowed for private vehicles unless it is an emergency. A maximum of 25 people are allowed for marriages and a maximum of 20 people for funerals.

( Source: Indian Express1, Indian Express2, Business Today, Maharashtra Times)

Therefore, no new guidelines have been issued by BMC. The viral claim is fake.

Claim Review :   Fresh lockdown guidelines in Mumbai
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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