Mumbai civic leader IS Chahal said on Saturday that neighborhood-level squads would be formed to take action against violators of the COVID-19 protocol.
Amid fears of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the Christmas and New Year festival season around the corner, he said residents of the metropolis should avoid rushing to hotels, restaurants, cinemas, malls and asserted that attendance peaked for weddings and other functions will have to be strictly observed.
While the participation limit is 50% of the capacity of confined / closed spaces, it is 25% of the capacity of open spaces, while any gathering of more than 1,000 people will require prior authorization from the Authority. local disaster management, said the city chief. .
” Use a mask correctly, get fully immunized. A new variant of the COVID-19 virus called Omicron is spreading rapidly around the world, straining the healthcare system. Despite repeated calls from the government and administration to prevent a likely third wave, it has been observed that guidelines are not followed properly in most places, especially at weddings and other ceremonies, ” Chahal said. .
“Those who break the rules of COVID-19 will be severely punished by the teams at the municipal ward level as well as by the police,” said the head of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, adding that the epidemic situation in the metropolis was currently under control through cooperation. citizens as well as the excellent management and speed of the vaccination campaign.
The Omicron spread has again forced several countries to impose lockdowns and other ban measures, and the Union and state governments are continually calling on people to be vigilant to avoid a similar situation in India, a he declared.
In a veiled reference to Bollywood parties amid reports that some actors had contracted the virus, Chahal said celebrities and prominent figures. who have an influence on society, must act accordingly and be aware of the issues.
The BMC chief said that guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government on November 27 as well as notifications from the Mumbai police warning of violators under the IPC and the Epidemic Disease Act must be strictly followed by people.
In the near future, the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus could increase if ceremonies and functions are held on the occasion of Christmas and New Years. There is a need to curb the growing crowd at weddings and the like. ceremonies. In addition, hotels, restaurants and other public establishments have also been found to violate Covid-19 standards, ”he said, and called on all stakeholders to strictly adhere to the guidelines.
Chahal urged citizens to obtain the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible, warning that action will be taken if staff working in public places or establishments as well as participants in events, ceremonies are not completely vaccinated in the obligatory state.
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