Thursday, 20 January 2022

BMC Announced new covid Guidelines amid Omicron cases

BMC Announced new covid Guidelines amid Omicron cases

Due to a rise in coronavirus cases due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday urged people to avoid crowding and follow Covid-19 guidelines.

The Mumbai civic body also warned of strict action against offenders. BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal has appealed to people to avoid Christmas and New Year gatherings.

In a revised guideline, the BMC has said that squads will be deployed at the ward level to take action against violators. It also reiterated adhering to Covid-19 rules during weddings and other ceremonies.

The city civic body has appealed to people to adhere to hotels, restaurants, cinemas, and shopping malls.

In its revised guidelines, the BMC said:

- In closed spaces, people up to 50% capacity are allowed.

In open spaces, people up to 25% capacity are allowed.

- If a gathering with over 1,000 people is planned, prior permission of the Local Disaster Management Authority is a must.

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Chahal said.

"Use a face mask properly, get fully vaccinated. A new variant of COVID-19 virus called Omicron is spreading quickly around the world, putting a pressure on the health system. Despite repeated appeals by state government and administration to prevent a expected third wave, it has been notice that guidelines are not being followed correctly in most places, especially in wedding functions and other functions,"

"Those violating COVID-19 rules will be passed out with passe merely by civic ward level teams and police,"

The BMC chief said, adding that the outbreak situation in a metropolis is under control at present due to the help of citizens as well as excellent management and speed of the vaccination drive management.

The spread of the new variant Omicron had once again forced several nations to impose lockdown and other prohibitory measures. The Union and state governments continuously asked people to be vigilant to prevent a similar situation in India.

In a hide reference to Bollywood parties amid reports that some actors had contracted the virus, Chahal said celebrities and eminent personalities who influence society must act appropriately and be aware of issues.

The BMC said guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government on 27 November and Mumbai police notifications warning of action against violators under the IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act must be followed strictly by citizens.

"Shortly, the risk of COVID-19 virus spread may rise if functions and ceremonies are held on the occasion of New Year and Christmas. There is a need to restrict the growing crowd at weddings and other ceremonies. Moreover, restaurants, hotels, and other public places have also found to be breaking Covid-19 norms," he said and asked all stakeholders to stick to guidelines strictly.

Chahal asked citizens of Mumbai to get both doses of the coronavirus vaccine as fast as possible, warns that action will be taken if staff function at public places and attendees at events and ceremonies are found to be not fully functional vaccinated is a must.

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