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Issues directives asking people to avoid congregating on beaches; says curfew still in place

Maharashtra’s government on Monday called on people to stay indoors on New Years Eve and hold simple celebrations.

A set of guidelines released ahead of the Dec.31 celebrations, comes a week after the state government imposed a nighttime curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. following a new strain of coronavirus strain found in UK. He called on people not to gather on beaches, parks and public places to say goodbye to 2020, and reminded them to respect social distancing and follow all health guidelines.

The guidelines read, “Even though there is no one-day curfew on December 31, 2020, citizens should celebrate New Years at home in an easy way. On December 31, citizens should not gather in large numbers at the beach, in the gardens or even on the roads. Instead, special attention should be paid to ensure that there is social distancing in public places and that everyone is using masks and disinfectants. “

Every year, thousands of people gather at popular places such as Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu Chowpatty in Mumbai to usher in the New Year. However, this year, due to the pandemic, everyone is expected to take more care of their health, according to the guidelines.

“Citizens over 60 and children under 10 are advised to avoid going out. Religious / cultural events and processions should not be held on New Year’s Eve, ”he said, adding that fireworks should be avoided and noise pollution regulations strictly. respected. People visiting places of worship on January 1 should be careful to avoid crowds, according to guidelines.

“Social distancing must be respected. The authorities concerned should take appropriate precautionary measures from the point of view of the health and hygiene of citizens, ”he said.

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