Thursday, 20 January 2022

Maharashtra government announces new guidelines for New Year celebrations

Maharashtra government announces new guidelines for New Year celebrations

On Wednesday, the Maharashtra government released a new set of detailed guidelines for New Year celebrations this year. It urged citizens to keep it "low key" given the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

According to researchers, Omicron is the newest variant of SARS-CoV-2, spreading faster than Delta, though its impact is not as severe as Delta.

Here's what's allowed on New Year's in Maharashtra:

  • Any Events can be held with up to 50 percent of the seating capacity in closed halls and 25 percent occupancy in open spaces.
  • Citizens can gather at public places like beaches, gardens, and streets if they maintain social distancing and regular sanitization.
  • On New Year's Day, citizens can visit religious places with proper social distancing.
  • In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Corporation (BMC) has permitted restaurants, gyms, and cinema theatres to operate at 50 percent capacity.

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What's not allowed:

  • Not more than one person can come together for New Year celebrations.
  • In Mumbai, New Year celebrations in confined or open spaces are not allowed.
  • No crowding is allowed at public places like Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaon Chowpatty, and Juhu Chowpatty.
  • No religious or cultural programs on the occasion of New Year's are allowed.
  • Fireworks are strictly banned, and noise pollution rules are to be maintained.
  • Those above 60 and children under ten years of age have been advised not to leave their homes on the night of December 31.
  • In Mumbai, the BMC has restricted gathering more than five people at public places between 9 pm and 6 am.
  • The Maharashtra government has urged everyone to stay at home as much as possible for the safety of the elderly and children.

Given the recent daily spike, cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray said Mumbai might witness more than 2,000 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. He made the statement shortly after a meeting with senior BMC officials.

According to the latest available data, the city had reported 1,333 Covid-19 cases of the total 2,172 fresh cases in the state in the last 24 hours.

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