Following a spate of Omicron scare across the state, the state government has banned new year revellery and has issued newyear as well as Christmas guidelines.
Ahead of Christmas and New year celebration, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had suggested the imposing of fresh restrictions such as section 144 and night curfew. Night curfew will be imposed from December 30 till January 2 in Bengaluru and other citiies across the state.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has made it clear that no mass gatherings would be allowed on MG Road-Brigade Road, the centrestage for new year revellery. However, the state government has allowed the celebrations in clubs, hotels and restaurants with 50 per cent occupancy without any special event like DJing.
Use of public premises like playgrounds, roads and parks has been resticted for new year celebrations.
The Apartment Association and Resident Welfare Association have been asked to comply with the Covid Appropriate Behaviour and to maintain the social distance while organising the community programme at their premises. However, group dance, DJing, floor dance and other special programmes will not be allowed.
Hotels, restaurants, clubs and pubs can operate only after making sure that that the staff are equipped with RTPCR covid negative certificate and compulsory 2 dose vaccinations. It applies the same for customers too, the guidelines said.
Hotel authorities must ensure that December 3 guidelines are complied with. wearing masks, maintaining social distance, sanitisers and thermal screening at all the hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs are made mandatory. Public must also follow the guidelines issued by health, police, pollution control board, fire force department and BBMP. Fialing which stern action will be initiated as per the section 188 of IPC and Disaster Management rules.