Christmas and New Year celebrations to take be impacted in the city for the second consecutive year
Amid the fears of emergent Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Maharashtra governement has directed to put a sombre note to all Christmas and New Year festivities in Mumbai. For the second straight year, parties, big gatherings and mega-events in India's commercial capital will remain cancelled, Mumbai's Guardian Minister announced on Wednesday.
Notably, the order exempts all religious activities related to the Christmas festival, which shall be conducted as usual in Churches. Other detailed guidelines will be issued soon, officials said.
Precautions to avert another COVID wave
The restrictive order has been put in place to discourage overcrowding ing and contact spread of the coronavirus during festivities justified the Guardian Minister. It will also prevent a successive spread of COVID-19 and the new mutation, curbing the threat of a successive pandemic peak.
As per reports, Mumbai, along with Pune already nurses 12 such cases, the highest share of Maharashtra's total 28 case load. This has been linked to the international flight movement in Mumbai, from 'at-risk countries' and otherwise, increasing the risk of infection spread every day, the Minister added.
This is the second time when Mumbai will witness subdued celebrations during the winter holiday season. Last year, for Christmas and New Year Eve, similar restrictions were imposed as a precaution though the first Covid wave had almost ebbed. While the second wave of the pandemic proved to be deadlier, with newer variants such as Omicron on the run, the alert has been renewed.