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Mumbai: BMC issues guidelines ahead of Christmas, New Year amid surge in Omicron variant cases

In the backdrop of fear of surge in Covid 19 cases in Mumbai due to Omicron variant, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has issued strict guidelines for public celebrations in Mumbai ahead of Christmas and New year. The new orders have stringent guidelines for the people to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour and for the organizers of the public gatherings to curb the spread of global pandemic.

AIR correspondents reports, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has said despite repeated appeals by the government and administration to prevent a possible third wave of Covid-19, the guidelines are not being followed properly in most places – especially at wedding ceremonies and other functions, and there is a need to curb the growing crowds at such events.

According to BMC’s new guidelines, if a gathering with over 200 people is planned, prior permission is required from the Assistant Commissioner of the concerned municipal ward. In case of any function or gathering in open spaces exceeding 200 people, the Assistant Commissioner of the local ward shall send their representatives to supervise the event and ensure adherence to Covid norms.

In closed spaces, people up to 50 percent capacity are allowed and in open spaces, people up to 25 percent capacity are allowed strictly following 6 feet by 6 feet distance and covid appropriate behaviour. All eligible citizens are required to complete their inoculation by taking both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed at public places, including public transport. Violation of this order is punishable under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The BMC body has deployed squads at ward levels to take action against those who violate rules.


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