- 11 states in India places night curfew or ban on gathering on New Years
- The night curfew has been imposed owing to the new strain of COVID-19 that was found in the UK
- As of now, 25 Indians, all of whom recently returned from the UK, were found to be infected with the new strain of the novel Coronavirus
As the new strain of COVID-19 put fear in people and governments all around the globe as it is more infectious, many states and cities in India have announced restrictions on New Year celebrations including night curfew and ban on huge gatherings.
The fear has been mounting since before Christmas when the Prime Minister of Britain, Boris Johnson, said that the new strain of the novel Coronavirus was spreading at a faster rate than the ones earlier, across England.
As of now, 25 Indian, all of whom have recently returned from the United Kingdom, have been found infected with the new strain of COVID-19
In total, 11 Indian states and cities have decided to impose restrictions on the New Years, let us see the details:
The night curfew in the city will be strictly enforced on the 31st of December from 9:00 PM.
Known for its night life, the lively city of Bengaluru has imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings 12:00 PM on the 31st December, said the city’s police commissioner.
In Chennai, the Marina Beach will stay out of bounds for people on the New Year’s Eve and also on New Year’s Day. The government has also banned midnight parties on beach roads, restaurants, hotels, clubs, resorts including beach resorts, and other similar places.
The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, has banned all public celebrations such as parties at hotels, bars, and even restaurants on the New Year’s Eve and the New Year’s Day.
The Nation Capital government led by Arvind Kejriwal has imposed a night curfew on the 31st of December and 1st of January from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM to avoid large gatherings. As per the order issued by the Chief Secretary of Delhi, Vijay Dev, the night curfew will also be imposed from 11:00 PM on the 1st of January to 6:00 AM on the January 2.
The order stated that not more than 5 people shall be allowed to assemble at any public place in the national capital during the night curfew.
The Karnataka state government, via its guidelines and orders, has banned parties as well as any special events at the clubs, pubs, restaurants and other similar places which will attract large public gathering and fail to follow social distancing.
The Maharashtra government led by Uddav Thackeray has imposed a night curfew in all the municipal areas of the state. The night curfew imposed will last from 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM and will remain in force until the 5th of January.
All the places of entertainment and leisure will be required to strictly follow the timing of the night curfew.
To contain the COVID-19 and curb its spread, the Mangaluru government ahs imposed section 144 and the prohibitory orders will remain in force from 6:00 PM on the 31st of December to 6:00 AM on the 1st of January.
Vikash Kumar, the Police Commissioner of Mangaluru City along with the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Mangaluru city have issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 (1).
On Wednesday, the Mumbai Police Department announced a slew of restriction which will be imposed on the Financial capital of the country which will restrict the gathering and celebrations on the New Year’s Eve.
In a press release issued late in the night, the police pointed out that the Maharashtra government has already issued guidelines in regards to the New Year’s eve and called for low-key celebrations given the ongoing pandemic induced by COVID-19.
A night curfew has been imposed which will prohibit the gathering of five or more people between 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM, it said.
Gatherings in bars, pubs and restaurants after 11:00 PM will not be allowed in the city, the police said, and added that loudspeaker/ DJ music beyond permissible decibel limit and fireworks has also been banned.
The Punjab government led by Captain Amarinder Singh has imposed a night curfew but has also declared that the night curfew will be lifted from the 1st of January.
The government has requested public to follow Covid appropriate behaviour.
The Rajasthan government has decided to impose a curfew in the state which will start from 8:00 PM on the 31st January and will end on the 1st of January at 6:00 AM.
The markets in the state will also be closed at 7:00 PM on the New Year’s EVE as per the order released by the Punjab Home Department.