Kolkata: With the entry of new coronavirus strain, all the countries are full alert on the 31st night of December. India and its states have also thought of taking precautions and imposed restrictions.
Today, West Bengal has called for peaceful, disciplined celebrations, saying extremes like night curfews “not perceived to be require”.
“No need for extreme steps but urge caution over new year celebrations… Best to maintain a careful middle path,” the state’s Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has said.
The state government, however, will take all precautionary measures to prevent gatherings on the occasion, he said.
The current situation is not conducive to imposing a night curfew, Bandyopadhyay said.
“New Year celebrations are organised at a few places in West Bengal. If people abide by the COVID-19 safety protocols and cooperate with the police and administration, gatherings can be avoided,” he said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Kolkata is expecting some public functions on New Year’s Eve, including some themed on the ongoing anti-agricultural reform laws protest in Delhi.