Want to check what time does curfew in your city begin on New Year’s Eve as you bid 2020 goodbye and welcome 2021? Check the details for Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata here.
New Year’s Eve celebration will be muted for 2020-21 revellers due to COVID-19 restrictions& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Though the number of daily cases being reported across India has dipped, the Health Ministry has warned againt lowering the guard
- The New Year’s Eve celebrations are under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore heavy restrictions are in place
- New Year’s Eve rules are not uniform across India’s metros viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata
In view of the coronavirus pandemic and the night curfew orders that have been put into place in several metros of India, the New Year’s Eve – just like the Christmas and Diwali nights – will see strict rules being implemented in public places.
Especially in view of the very virulent newly detected strain of coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom, rules have been made stricter. Those welcoming the New Year 2021 will need to follow the following SOPs or rules if you live in:
- Night curfew (11 pm to 6 am) is already in place up to 5th January 2021.
- The state government has appealed that children below the age of 10 and elderly citizens older than 60 years of age must avoid venturing out of the home on New Year’s eve.
- No permission for holding religious or cultural rallies/programmes will be granted.
- About 35,000 Mumbai Police personnel will be keeping vigil on the law and order situation in Maximum City
- No violations of COVID-19 norms will be allowed
- As per night curfew restrictions, restaurants, pubs and other recreational establishments will have to down their shutters by 11 pm sharp
- Strict actions will be taken against restaurants and establishments that fail to shut shop by 11 pm on 31st December 2020
- There will be no restrictions to Mumbaikars visiting towards their favourite spots in the city such as the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu, Gorai and Madh Island area in the evening, but COVID-1 norms of social distancing, mask and not more than 4 persons in a group will be applicable. No crowding will be allowed at these places.
- No parties will be allowed to be held on terraces and boats, organisers will be punished fr violations.
- No eve-teasing, no drunken-driving, no harassment will be allowed.
- Police are also on the alert against terror threats to Mumbai.
- During the night curfew, there will be relaxation for a few things. “All business activities and night shifts will be allowed, except the establishments used for entertainment and recreational activities (pubs, restaurants, theatres, etc). These must close at 11 pm,” Joint Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Vishwas Nangre Patil said in a statement.
- Delhi Police have warned against any public events or terrace parties being held on New Year’s Eve.
- No function without proper police permission will be considered legal and organisers will face a penalty, police have warned.
- However, detailed guidelines for 31st December 2020 will be issued on 30 December 2020 says a report.
- However, in Delhi NCR (National Capital Region) such as Ghaziabad-Noida (UP), Faridabad-Gurgaon (Haryana) rules can vary as per their respective state jurisdiction.
- No more than 100 persons would be allowed at a venue for New Year’s Eve parties this year in Noida, the district administration and police department have said – as per the Hindustan Times.
- Besides, owners of all hotels, restaurants and clubs organising parties and events in Gautam Budh Nagar on December 31 would have to obtain permissions from the district magistrate or commissioner of police (CP) before doing so, as well as intimate the number of guests expected.
- The Uttar Pradesh State government directs that only 50% of the capacity of a closed venue, up to 100 persons, will be allowed at a time.
- “Permission for organising a new year’s programme will have to be obtained from the local deputy commissioner of the police’s office, and the organisers will have to provide their names, addresses and mobile numbers.
- The maximum limit for the open spaces, meanwhile, will be 40% of total capacity, with all other arrangements like thermal scanning, sanitization, masking, social distancing, etc., will need to be in place,” said Commissioner of Police Alok Singh.
- Bengaluru City Police have issued fresh guidelines to enforce all preventive and precautionary measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 situation in the city.
- No gathering of more than four people to be allowed in public spaces or open areas
- Families can have their own NYE arrangements but no public events allowed
- Building societies and clubs etc to not allow assembly of more than 4 people, no public celebration
- Hotels, malls, restaurants, clubs etc may carry on the regular activity but no special events like DJ, parties, events, shows, programmes, musical nights, performances, etc allowed
- No rush at hotels, restaurants allowed, only advance booking with e-tokens to be allowed
- The notified areas’ local area jurisdictional Deputy Commissioner of Police will be responsible for guest movement and reservation SOPs being followed.
- The Cyberabad police have issued strict orders over rules to follow on 31st December 2020.
- The Rachakonda Police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat has instructed that all new year events should be organised between 8 pm on December 31 to 1 am on January 1.
- The Outer Ring Road (ORR) will be closed from 10 pm on December 31 to 5 am of January 1, except for passengers bound to and from the airport, reports New Indian Express.
- Police have warned all star hotels, resorts and farmhouses of strict action if any violation is reported.
- Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar warns that no new year events should be organised without prior permission of the police.
- According to The News Minute, resorts that are located along Chennai’s East Coast Road (ECR) and Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) – the two main highways in Chennai connecting several neighbourhoods, will not be allowed to organise New Year’s Eve parties owing to COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions. Guests staying at resorts along ECR OR OMR will be allowed to take these routes only until 10 pm on December 31, provided they provide a valid ID proof.
- No parties allowed on beaches, farmhouses and hotels/clubs.
Kolkata is also set for some public functions on New Year’s eve, with some themed on the ongoing anti-Agri Law protests in New Delhi. Some are themed on the CAA protests. Standard COVID-19 control SOPs are expected to be in place.
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