Kerala will see muted celebrations this New Year’s Eve, with the state imposing a nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. between December 30 and January 2. No celebrations will be allowed after 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the state, according to the new guidelines. The decision was made at a Covid review meeting.
The new Covid guidelines come as coronavirus cases continue to rise amid renewed fears over Omicron – a variant of concern that has sparked global concern. Kerala today reported 1,636 cases in 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 52.24,929. The state has so far reported 46,822 deaths.
Under the new rules, places likely to attract large gatherings, such as beaches, shopping malls and public parks, will be closely monitored by sector magistrates and the police. An additional police force will be deployed to ensure there are no large gatherings during the New Year celebrations.
Bars, hotels, clubs and restaurants in Kerala will be allowed to operate during this period with 50% seating.
In Kerala, 98% of the eligible population received their first dose of vaccine and 77% received their second dose.