People have generally faced so many hardships in the year 2020 that everyone is eagerly waiting for 2021. However, there is a lot of confusion about the rules in place for New Year’s eve because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In some districts of the country, a night curfew has been implemented to control the spread of the coronavirus. Different protocols have been put in place by the different state governments, depending on the situation of Covid-19 in the particular city.
Let us take you through the rules that citizens living in different metro cities need to follow on New Year’s Eve:
The Delhi government has imposed a night curfew on December 31 and January 1 from 11 pm to 6 am to avoid large gathering during New Year celebrations due to COVID-19 and its highly transmissible UK strain. According to an order issued by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, the night curfew will also be imposed from 11 pm on January 1 to 6 am on January 2.
It stated that not more than 5 people will be allowed to assemble at public places in Delhi during night curfew to avoid large gatherings in view of COVID-19. However, there will be no restriction on interstate movement of people and goods during night curfew in Delhi, the chief secretary said in the order.
Any function on New Year’s Eve will have to be organised with prior permission from the police. Failing to do so can result in organisers facing a penalty. No terrace/rooftop party can be organised in the city.
In Noida, which is a part of the National Capital Region, the administration has imposed a limit of a 100 people for New Year’s Eve parties. Organisers need to have prior permission for a party at their hotel, club or restaurant.
A detailed set of guidelines will be released by the Delhi Police on December 30.
All the restaurants and pubs will have to close by 11pm as the city has a night curfew till January 5, 2021 from 11pm to 6am. People are allowed to visit the different tourist spots of the city while following Covid-19 protocols. A group of more than four is not allowed and there will be cops to ensure that these tourist attractions don’t get crowded. Parties on terrace and boats are not allowed in the city.
The city authorities are not allowing any public events on New Year’s Eve. Building societies can not organise parties. However, families can have personal events. Assembly of more than four people is restricted in the city. People can access hotels and restaurants by using e-tokens. Rush at these spots is not allowed.
Permission for organising events between December 31 from 8pm to January 1 till 1 am has been given the state authorities. Events need to be organised with the permission of police, said Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar.
All hotels, bars, pubs in Chennai city and other cities and towns will shut at 10pm on Thursday. No revelries allowed on Marina and policemen are on duty across the city to control people from evening on wards. Temples are to be opened from early morning and only with people with masks will be allowed. People with fever or cold will not be allowed inside the temples.
Kerala Government has issued order prohibiting all public gatherings as part of New Year celebrations. All celebrations on New Year eve (December 31) should cease by 10pm. Crackers are allowed between December 31 11.55 pm and January 1 12.30 am only.
The Rajasthan government has imposed a night curfew on December 31 in all cities having a population of over one lakh. The restrictions will remain in place from 8 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1, according to an order issued by the Home Department. No New Year party will be organised on the occasion while bursting of firecrackers will be banned. According to the order, markets will be closed at 7 pm.
The Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal government to ensure that all Covid-19 safety protocols are followed and there is no large gathering in the city for celebrations on the New Year’s eve
The Uttarakhand govt has banned collective celebrations like parties at hotels, bars, restaurants and other public places on New Year's Eve and New Year. The ban will have its effect in Dehradun, Mussoorie and Rishikesh where a large number of tourists come to celebrate Christmas and New Year.