If you are planning a grand celebration or party with your loved ones on New Year’s Eve, do not be in a hurry but wait. Amid the prevailing pandemic and the fresh threat of a new Covid-19 strain detected in the UK, the city police have appealed to the people to celebrate New Year Celebrations at homes only. The city police administration has banned collective celebrations in restaurants, clubs, pubs, resorts, beach resorts, beaches on December 31 night to prevent the risk of spreading the Covid- 19 infections.
Formations of groups on roads, cake cuttings, bursting of crackers, and celebrations in public places are not allowed, said Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha. Shops and commercial establishments should be closed by 10pm and similarly, as per the government order, wine shops should close by 8 p.m., while bars and restaurants will be allowed to remain open till 11 p.m.
Stringent action will be initiated against those, who are teasing women, driving in a drunken state, causing inconvenience to fellow citizens, and creating any form of public nuisance on New Year’s eve,” Mr. Sinha said. Also, action would be taken against those driving without helmets and without wearing a seat belt in cars.
Since the announcement, several plans have been abandoned in a huff. Hoteliers and resort owners who expected a windfall after the dry months of Covid scare since March are bearing the brunt. ‘After a lull of nine months, businesses had started to get back on track. We had hopes that this holiday season will bring in some gains for us’, stated a hotel owner.
There will be no restrictions at Beach Road from Park Hotel Junction to Naval Coastal Battery (NCB), apart from flyovers at Asilametta and NAD flyover. A final decision is yet to be taken, he added. In the Agency areas, the district police have already said that no permissions will be given to organizing parties outside and appealed to the public to celebrate the New Year at home.
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