BMC had imposed stringent protocols since October 5, which permitted hotels and restaurants to function at only 33% capacity.
Keeping the looming threat of the ongoing pandemic in sight, the BMC had imposed stringent protocols since October 5, which permitted hotels and restaurants to function at only 33% capacity. However, it was noticed that many of such establishments were flouting the rules in place which compelled the BMC to start a drive to check food and nightlife joints from December 13. Now the civic body has further decided to restrict New Year's Eve celebrations to 11:30 PM and many restaurants and gymkhanas have been issued show-cause notices for crossing their set limits.
Several joints in Mumbai found violating covid protocols
Mumbai witnesses hordes of people every year gathered in public places, restaurants and nightclubs for New Year celebrations, which is exactly what propelled the BMC to take up such an action. As per civic officials, several joints in Mumbai have been found violating covid protocols, leading to several penalties, notices and FIRs. The disobedient behaviour also includes serving of sheesha, not wearing masks, no fire safety compliance, a single entry and exit point for service and no arrangement for sanitisation, amidst others.
The chairperson of Perry Road Residents Association, Anil Joseph, was quoted saying, "Recent penalties imposed regarding the daily 11.30 PM covid deadline for restaurants and bars and action against overcrowding at these spaces and other covid violations is welcome. But I think the BMC could have extended closure timing on New Year's Eve by an hour till 12.30 AM as people bring in the new year at midnight. Hence shutting down restaurants and bars at 11.30 PM would be too harsh."