Bangalore, December 22: In the fallout from COVID-19, Karnataka will miss the usual New Years Eve celebrations in clubs, pubs and restaurants, among other places, with the state government banning special DJ dance programs and parties during four days from December 30.
The government issued an order banning such programs between December 30 and January 2 in clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places where people gather for New Year’s celebrations, citing the current COVID-19 situation.
Ahead of Christmas and New Years, the government also released a set of guidelines, including prohibiting the public from shaking hands or kissing during celebrations.
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However, there will be no restrictions on pubs, clubs and restaurants in the conduct of normal operations on a routine basis, according to the order.
The guidelines, which also mandated the use of green crackers only during the festivities, will go into effect from December 20 to January 2 and were intended to control the spread of the pandemic.
“With public health in mind, it is necessary to celebrate Christmas and New Years in a simple and meaningful way. As a result, mass parties have been banned statewide in places. public, establishments and places where large crowds get social distancing, ”said the order of Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar.
Church organizers and supervisors should ensure that large numbers of people do not congregate at once and that social distancing is maintained. Additionally, people should not indulge in handshakes or hugs during the festivities.
From December 30 to January 2, parties, special dance DJ programs and special events in clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places that attract people in large numbers without social distancing have been banned.
Gatherings of people in public places and roads for celebration stands are prohibited, but normal routine activities may be carried out in these places.
In the guidelines, police commissioners and deputy commissioners were empowered to impose more restrictions on specific roads or places within their jurisdiction.
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The order also calls for compliance with any COVID-related guidelines or restrictions that are already in place to control the spread of the virus, whose total number in the state stood at 9.05 lakh on Thursday with 15,205 active cases.