As the threat of a possible third wave of COVID-19 looms, citizens have not stopped planning their celebrations to welcome the new year 2022. Thus, the government of Maharashtra has imposed COVID guidelines for the celebrations of the New Year, in order to curb the spread amid rising cases of new Omicron variant.
COVID Guidelines for New Year’s Celebrations
As citizens prepare to celebrate the New Year with great enthusiasm and zeal, they will also have to follow the strict guidelines set out by BMC. In light of the rapid increase in cases of the deadly virus and its new variant, the Omicron, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) released new COVID-19 guidelines for Mumbai on Saturday. The nighttime curfew has been imposed and a gathering of five or more people has been called to file legal action. Private parties on the terraces are also prohibited under the new guidelines.
In addition, the new guidelines allow the crowd capacity to be filled to 50% for confined / closed spaces and 25% for open spaces. BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said in a statement: “Metropolitan residents should avoid crowding into hotels, restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls and asserted that the attendance caps in place for weddings and other functions must be strictly observed “.
He added: “A new variant of the COVID-19 virus called Omicron is spreading rapidly across 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 the guidelines are not followed correctly in most places, especially at weddings and other ceremonies. 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 the police”
A celebration with more than 1,000 participants will also require prior authorization from the local disaster management authority, in accordance with the new guidelines. With these new guidelines in place, the government expects to slow the rapid growth of cases every day and the increase in the number of Omicron cases in several major states in India during festival periods.
Mumbai reports 1,377 Covid cases on December 28
Meanwhile, the city reported 1,377 cases on Tuesday, the BMC said in a tweet.
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