As chaos over the new coronavirus variant found in the UK, France, Spain, Sweden, and Canada spreads rapidly, several states in India have imposed restrictions for new year celebrations.
New Years’ celebration hotspots are exactly the place where COVID-19 can easily spread. Celebrations and gatherings can very well increase the cases of the coronavirus.
The Indian states have already issued warnings, and have appealed to citizens to be cautious this year-end.
Here is the list of states that imposed restrictions on new year celebration:
- Maharashtra has announced a 7-hour night curfew across all cities and municipal corporation areas.
- The 11 pm to 6 am curfew is in place since December 22, and will continue till January 5, 2021.
“This is not a normal new year which is why we cannot have normal celebrations. The curfew is being imposed to ensure that such violations are not repeated,” Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said.
Hence, as a result, New Year celebrations are off for this year-end. Normal celebrations cannot be permitted under current circumstances.
However, in view of the night curfew, New Year celebrations can be held before 11 pm, but after that strict action will be taken against people who violate the prohibitory orders, the official said.
Rajasthan, a popular tourist destination for year-end celebrations has also imposed a curfew.
- Curfew will be imposed in Rajasthan from 8 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1.
- Markets in the state will also be closed at 7 pm on New Year’s eve, according to an order of the state home department.
- The state capital, Dehradun, has banned public celebrations such as parties in hotels, bars, and restaurants on New Years Eve and New Year,
The Govt. also added that violating the ban is a punishable offense.
- The new year celebration is banned on beaches, hotels, clubs, and resorts on the night of December 31 and January 1, 2021, as per the state government order.
- The Karnataka Govt. has banned mass gatherings without social distancing in clubs, pubs, restaurants, or in similar places from December 30 to January 2.
In a statement, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said: “In view of the public opinion that there was no need for night curfew, the decision was reviewed and after consulting with cabinet colleagues and senior officials it has been decided to withdraw the night curfew.”
According to the health ministry dashboard, the backdrop of daily Covid-19 cases in the country falling to 18,732, and the total count reaching 10,187,850 on Sunday.
The country recorded 279 fresh fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll due to the virus to 147,622.