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Several states announce restrictions, night curfew ahead of New Year celebrations

No gathering on New Year as Delhi imposes night curfew amid Covid-19 fear

Night curfew will not be imposed in West Bengal on New Year's eve as the situation is not that adverse, a senior official has said.

In Noida, no more than 50 per cent of the capacity indoors can be occupied, and a gathering cannot have more than 100 people.

Among other social media messages, the Mumbai Police even derived new meaning to BYOB. Large gatherings in restaurants, bars, pubs will not be allowed after 11 pm in the financial capital. The government had earlier imposed a night curfew in all the municipal areas of the state. Markets in the state will also be closed at 7 pm on New Year's eve, according to an order of the state home department. "Considering the threat posed by the mutant United Kingdom strain of Covid-19 virus and after overseeing the local incidents of Covid-19 pandemic in GNCT, Delhi, it is apprehended that gatherings, congregations and public celebrations of New Year pose a considerable threat of the spread of the virus", it said.

Jena in his Twitter handle said that the night curfew will be imposed from 10 PM of tonight to 5 AM tomorrow morning across Odisha.

District police chiefs and district collectors have been asked to implement the order. The order said no New Year celebrations of any type, involving a large gathering, should be held in open places and park grounds and public roads. In Chennai, the popular Marina beach which is a famed destination of new year revellers is out of bounds for any kind of celebrations and police have banned entry for the people. The city is known for its grand gala celebrations during the New Year and the major hub of activities used to be MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar. It will be within the limits of Bengaluru City Commissionerate, he said.

Around 4,000 police personnel have been deployed in Gurugram on the New Year's Eve, with special traffic arrangements made to regulate movement of revellers. Security has been beefed up in and around the city to avoid any untoward incident on that day, he said.