States Impose Strict Guidelines For New Year Celebrations
While Delhi is permitting restaurants to operate at 50% capacity, Mumbai will impose Section 144 tonight that will permit only 4 people to be seen together publicly
With the ongoing pandemic and the newly detected fresh strain of the novel Coronavirus, governments of various states have issued a series of protocols to keep the new year celebrations low-key today.
In Delhi, hotels, pubs and restaurants can function at a limited capacity of 50% guests. Random checks will be carried out for those drinking and driving through a medical test instead of the usual alcohol meter examination. Entry to the capital’s central market, Connaught Place will be restricted post 8 pm as special teams of police have been deployed at various hotspots in the city. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) issued an advisory to passengers to plan their travel in advance as exit from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station will not be permitted after 9 pm. While entry of the commuters will be allowed till the departure of the last train, the authorities may even shut down the service if the crowd increases beyond manageable limits.
In Mumbai, Section 144 has been imposed throughout the city where anyone venturing out without reason will be penalised. No more than four people can be found in a group. Partying on the terraces of restaurants, pubs, hotels and residential societies is banned. All those suspected of drinking and driving will have to undergo a blood test as opposed to a breath analyser test.
Ahmedabad police will be on high alert tonight as all those found breaching the night curfew between 9 pm today to 6 am tomorrow will be penalised, while in Bengaluru, most flyovers will restrain entry for vehicles after 10 pm today.
Other states including Himachal Pradesh have also imposed restriction hours at night till 5 January. In Uttarakhand, all public gatherings stand barred for now.
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