New Delhi: Bidding good-bye to 2020 and ringing in New Year 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic will need a lot of caution. We can only enjoy the New Year if we are healthy.
The centre and state governments have issued guidelines for people and it’s best to follow them if we are stepping out of home.
The Centre on Monday noted that while there has been a steady decline in the case load in India, there is a need for surveillance, containment and caution after the emergence of a new variant of the virus in the UK.
In a statement, the Home Ministry said, it has issued fresh guidelines that will remain in force till January 31. States and union territories have been asked to keep a strict vigil to prevent rise in COVID-19 cases during the New Year celebrations and the winter months.
Here are the rules imposed by these metros ahead of the New Year:
Night curfew has been imposed by the state government in Mumbai from 11pm to 6 am. Police in Mumbai have asked restaurants, eateries, bars and pubs to close their operations by 11pm. There will be no midnight celebrations held in Mumbai this year due to Covid-19. The state government told Mumbaikars to remain inside their homes even during the day hours despite there being no curfew. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked Mumbai Police to levy fines on people flouting Covid-19 preventative measures.
Delhi Police will release detailed advisory concerning New Year’s Eve on December 30. Delhi Police have already asked people to celebrate the New Year cautiously keeping in mind that Covid-19 continues to infect thousands across the country. Noida has issued an advisory where it has instructed no more than 100 people will be allowed in a single venue.
Bengaluru Police have issued guidelines prohibiting any public gatherings during the New Year’s Eve in the city. People can celebrate New Year’s Eve along with their family members and friends but public gatherings will not be permitted. People can visit restaurants as they have been instructed to operate by sticking strictly to social distancing measures. However, restaurants and eateries cannot organise parties to celebrate the New Year.
Chandigarh administration is not planning to impose a night curfew on New Year’s Eve. “Considering that the number of active cases and positive cases being detected every day are coming down, and no case of the new strain found in the UK has been detected in Chandigarh, it was decided that there is no need for any additional restrictions on New Year’s Eve,” an official said on Tuesday.
Public places like the Marina Beach will not be accessible to people on New Year’s Eve as well as New Year’s Day. The administration has asked hotels, eateries, pubs and restaurants to operate following social distancing protocols.
Opposite to all other cities, Kolkata is going to hold a public function on New Year’s eve. A theme celebration will be organised wherein we will see ongoing anti-Agri law protests and some on anti-CAA protests. However, the Kolkata Police will be keeping a close eye on the violators of the COVID-19 protocols during the celebration.