Covid-19: Kerala prohibits public gatherings on New Year’s eve

Updated on Dec 31, 2020 08:35 AM IST

Kerala is the latest to impose curbs on new year celebrations in the wake of the new strain of the virus that has been found in the United Kingdom. Delhi too imposed similar measures for December 31 and January 1.

The Kerala government has said in its order that all New Year celebrations should cease by 10 pm.(PTI File Photo)
The Kerala government has said in its order that all New Year celebrations should cease by 10 pm.(PTI File Photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

The Kerala government has issued an order prohibiting all public gatherings as part of New Year celebrations. Signed by principal secretary Dr A Jayathilak, the order has been sent to all district collectors and police chiefs says that all the celebrations on New Year’s eve (December 31) should cease by 10 pm.

The decision has been taken in view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. “Given the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the state, New Year 2021 celebration by the public is likely to result in a spike in the transmission of Covid-19, if extant Covid protocols are not adhered to,” the order said.

It has made wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distance and sanitisation mandatory for those celebrating new year. The order has said that lawful action will be initiated against people who fail to adhere to these norms.

Kerala is the latest to impose curbs on new year celebrations int he wake of the new strain of the virus that has been found in the United Kingdom. Delhi too imposed similar measures for December 31 and January 1.

Maharashtra was one of the first states to impose a night curfew once the new strain was discovered. The seven-hour curbs were imposed on December 22 and will continue till January 5.

Karnataka, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur and Rajasthan too have announced night curfew to check the spread of the virus.

All these states have prohibited large gatherings and made Covid protocols, like wearing face masks and sanitising the area, mandatory.

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