Strict guidelines for New Year eve in Maharashtra

Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai : The Maharashtra government urged people to welcome 2021 in an extremely simple manner and it unveiled guidelines for New Year celebrations to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the state. It urged people to welcome 2021 in an extremely simple manner.

The Uddhav Thackeray government had issued similar directives for the celebration of all major religious festivals this year taking into account the COVID-19 crisis. It is mandatory for everyone to scrupulously follow all rules, laid down by the Health, Environment and Medical Education departments and the respective Municipal Corporation, police and local administration.

As per the guidelines, though there is no special curfew imposed in the entire state on New Year’s eve, the people are expected to stay at home on December 31 and January 1. Moreover, it is necessary to pay attention to avoid crowding of people in public places such as beaches, gardens and roads on December 31 and ensure social distancing and the use of masks and sanitizers.

The residents of Mumbai and other big cities, like Pune and Nagpur in particular, need to take precautions amid the crowding at places such as Gateway of India, Marine Lines, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu Chowpatty. Residents above 60 years of age and below 10 years of age should stepping out of their homes.

The state health department informed that presently there are 19, 19,550 novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra while 18, 09,948 patients have been discharged and 49,255 fatalities have been reported.