Thursday, June 30 2022

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Tuesday that restrictions would be in place on public celebrations ahead of the New Year.

Bommai said only club and restaurant celebrations will be allowed with 50 percent seating capacity, but special features such as disc jockey (DJ) events will not be allowed.

“Full vaccination is compulsory. These restrictions will be in effect from December 30, 2021 and January 2, 2022, ”he told ANI news agency.

Last week, the Karnataka government’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Covid-19 recommended not to allow New Year’s celebrations, which usually invite massive crowds. The panel advised the Bommai government to impose restrictions under Article 144 of the CrPC between December 22 and January 2 in Bengaluru, as well as a nighttime curfew between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. . He also warned against allowing the public on roads and in public places.

The panel report also called for mandatory full vaccination of staff in pubs, clubs and restaurants in the city, and also to display a negative RT-PCR test no earlier than 72 hours. The committee further advised that only clients, who are fully vaccinated, be admitted.

Bommai’s announcement came on a day when the total number of Omicron cases in India rose to 202, after Odisha reported the first two cases of the new strain in the state.

With 19 infections, Karnataka is among the top five states with the highest number of cases of the new variant of Covid-19. Of those, up to 15 patients have recovered in the southern state, according to Omicron data released by the Union Health and Family Department earlier today.

Maharashtra and Delhi with 54 Omicron cases each lead India’s cumulative tally. Telangana with 20 infections and Rajasthan with 18 are the other two states most affected by the Omicron variant in India, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

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