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BMC issues fresh COVID guidelines to prevent Omicron spread in Mumbai ahead of Christmas & New Year

Vaccination is compulsory for all people hosting events & travelling during the festive week

Just a day after the state's order banning all big parties and events during Christmas and New Year across Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued its own set of guidelines for the same. These protocols have been devised to minimise COVID threat in the city and curb any rise in Omicron cases here. As per the civic notification, the new order will be implemented strictly in Mumbai from December 16 till the end of this year.


Vaccination norms in Mumbai

Amid the slew of new restrictions and precautions against COVID spread in Mumbai, the BMC has notified that vaccination is compulsory for people hosting events, attending them and/or travelling during the festive season. A similar norm is also in place for people managing shops and stores in malls, for the security of shoppers. Expanding the availability of other services, with the protection of vaccination, only those who have received both doses of the COVID jab will be permitted to use public transport for travel.

People travelling to Maharashtra have to produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted no earlier than 72 hours. People who are fully vaccinated are exempted do not require a test. They, however, need to show their vaccination certificate, added reports.

Guidelines for gatherings and events

All gatherings held in wake of Christmas and New Year festivities will be permitted to invite guests at only 50% of the venue's capacity. However, no more than 1,000 people will be allowed at one event. If the guest count exceeds these limits, the public is encouraged to inform the local disaster management officials immediately.

All religious activities in Churches will be allowed as usual, under the watch of COVID-19 protocols. People visiting chapels for the Christmas mass have to abide by pandemic appropriate behaviour for maximum personal caution.

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