Maharashtra government has otherwise prohibited gatherings of 5 or more in public places between 9 PM and 6 AM
A day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation banned all NYE celebrations and gathering in Mumbai, a new order of the civic body has permitted city restaurants to operate even after 9 PM on December 31. The decision favours an economic relief for business owners who expect great footfalls on the eve of the new year. Notably, the previous BMC order has banned the assembly of 5 or more persons between 9 AM and 6 AM.
COVID protocols relaxed on New Year eve in Mumbai
According to the new BMC order, all gatherings held either in open or closed venues will be restricted in Mumabi. These prohibitory protocols came into effect from midnight of December 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus amid the emergent Omicron spread. All norms issued under this order will remain in force until the next directive. However, restaurants can operate after 9 PM on December 31, at 50% seating capacity.
The civic body on Friday also released an order stating the Mumbai residents returning from Dubai will have to undertake a 7-day compulsory home quarantine on arrival. The travellers who live in other districts of Maharashtra, landing in Mumbai, will be able to exit the city but their transport will be arranged by the collector.