New Year’s Eve revelry on December 31 night and 1st January in public places and high streets across Andhra Pradesh are banned to prevent crowding and avoid large gatherings, which pose risk of spreading the Covid- 19 infections. The state government has taken a crucial decision to impose a ban on celebration due to fear of the second wave of Covid. The curfew will be imposed on both days.
As thousands of revellers throng the high streets in the districts and the upscale localities across the cities to usher in the New Year, the police will be deployed to prevent people from gathering in public places. Though Covid cases have been declining in the city, experts fear a second wave of the virus due to cold weather and violation of virus-induced guidelines by the citizens.
Health experts appealed that “citizens can have the New Year eve bash at their homes and residential areas by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing and sanitizing their hands to ensure their safety in the pandemic times. Though it is customary for people to celebrate New Year’s eve, since the virus has devastated the country over the last nine months, the occasion should be observed solemnly and in the memory of those who lost their lives due to the pandemic. The decision on time restrictions for the opening of the Bars, pubs, and restaurants during these days is yet to be taken.
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