Amid the surge in Covid cases in India, fueled by the new Omicron variant, Chennai city police have banned beach gatherings and DJ parties as residents plan New Year’s Eve celebrations.
City police have urged people to refrain from celebrating in public places like beaches or private properties like resorts and residential complexes, and to follow appropriate Covid (CAB) behavior. Celebrations resulting in overcrowding are not permitted. Hotels can operate until 11 p.m. on Dec. 31, the statement said, referring to government guidelines. From 9 p.m. on December 31, vehicle traffic would be prohibited on the arteries near the marina, Elliots and other beaches.
Many major cities, seeing a slight increase in the number of cases recently, have issued guidelines for New Year’s celebrations. While Mumbai has banned gatherings of more than five people in public places from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. , Delhi has closed movie theaters, multiplexes and banquet halls. Punjab and Karnataka have also issued similar rules.
Here is the full list of Chennai Police guidelines:
• People should not congregate on any of Chennai’s beaches.
• The circulation of vehicles along the roads near the beaches will be prohibited.
• People should not park their vehicles near the roads along the beaches and indulge in the New Year celebration.
• Commercial New Year’s celebrations are prohibited at resorts, farms, clubs and auditoriums.
• People who live in apartments, villas and RWAs should not get together to celebrate the New Year.
• Pensionable hotels and restaurants will only be allowed to stay open until 11 a.m., in accordance with state government Covid guidelines.
• Hotel managers must ensure that all their staff is fully immunized.
• Entertainment, dancing, DJing and music events will not be permitted at hotels, resorts, farms and public places.
• All religious places administrations must ensure that all Covid guidelines are followed.
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