Section 144 Imposed in Mumbai till 7th January; No New Year Parties Due to Increasing Omicron Cases
IANS 30 December 2021
Mumbai Police on Thursday issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for the city till 7 January 2022. Due to this order, New Year’s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space, including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs, would be prohibited from 30 December 2021 to 7th January next year.
 
The order issued by Chaitanya S, deputy commissioner of police, says, “Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 in addition to the penal provision under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and National Disaster Management Act 2005 and other legal provisions as applicable.”
 
Mumbai on Thursday reported 3,671 fresh COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours. Mumbai has 11,360 active patients, and the recovery rate stands at 96%. At presently, 88 buildings have been sealed in the city. Over the past six days till 29 December 2021, the overall growth rate of COVID cases in Mumbai stands at 0.14%.
 
On Wednesday, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) banned New Year celebration programmes and gatherings in any closed or open areas in the city. While clarifying that there is no night curfew on 31st December, Iqbal Singh Chahal, municipal commissioner of BMC, says, “Curfew doesn’t mean we are shutting down everything post 9pm. We have only restricted crowding at public places such as beaches, parks, and at Marine Drive.”
 
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