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Mumbai City Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued an order to this effect on Friday evening.

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Bombay: Given the peak of coronavirus and the growing threat of the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned New Year’s celebration programs and gatherings in all closed or open areas of the city.

Mumbai City Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued an order to this effect on Friday evening.

“There will be no New Year’s gathering or celebration in closed or open areas under BMC jurisdiction,” the order said.

The decree entered into force on December 25 at midnight and will remain in force until the next directive.

The decree is applicable to all hotels, bars, restaurants as well as to private places that could be used for such gatherings and celebrations, he said.

The Maharashtra government also banned the gathering of more than five people in public places between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Friday. The state recorded 1410 coronavirus cases and 20 Omicron infections during the day.

The BMC also issued a separate order on Friday saying Mumbai residents arriving here from Dubai will be required to undergo a seven-day home quarantine. Travelers who live in other parts of Maharashtra will be able to leave Mumbai upon arrival from Dubai, but their transportation will be arranged by the collector, he said.

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