In what could mar the New Year celebrations in the maximum city, BMC commissioner IS Chahal on Monday warned that authorities may have to clamp night curfew to curb crowds and to prevent the violation of the COVID-19 norms.
Speaking to CNBC-TV18 in an interview, Chahal said, we are growing increasingly worried about crowding in bars and restaurants. The establishments in the city are continuously violating the COVID-19 guidelines, he added.
“We are strongly against night curfew, but citizens should not create havoc around New Year’s time and force authorities to impose it.”
Late in November, Maharashtra government had extended the lockdown in the state till midnight, December 31. However, the government had also eased several restrictions and permitted major activities in the state. Hotels, bars, gyms, and places of worship were allowed to be reopened.
Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally had increased to 18.80 lakh on Sunday as it registered 3,717 more cases. The fatality count has increased to 48, 209 in the state, with more than 3,083 patients discharged.
In Mumbai, 606 new cases and 12 new deaths were reported on Sunday, as the case counted mounted to 2.90 lakh. The state continues to rank on the top in coronavirus case tally in the country.