Chennai: The city will be virtually shut on Friday, New Year’s eve, with police on Tuesday banning parties at public places and in apartment complexes.
Hotels, resorts, farmhouses, conference halls and other recreational centres are barred from organising parties, dance shows, musical concerts or any commercial events. Private housing societies or resident welfare associations too are not allowed to gather for celebrations.
Only restaurants and hotels serving food have been allowed to function till 11pm by following Covid-19 protocol, with the managements told to ensure that all employees are fully vaccinated, according to an advisory from GCP.
Police commissioner Shankar Jiwal has requested the public not to gather at Marina, Elliot’s, Neelankarai and East Coast Road (ECR) or to park vehicles on arterial roads (Anna Salai, Rajaji Salai, RK Salai, Kamarajar Salai and GST Road) for any celebrations.
As a precautionary measure, police have completely banned vehicular movement along Marina and Elliot’s beaches and the stretch connecting War Memorial with Gandhi Statue.
Jiwal appealed to the public to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour (CAB), warning about a possible spread of Omicron.