The year 2020 started in India with the terror of Covid, with the 1st positive case being detected in January 2020. Following the 11 months, the people and residents adapted to the new lifestyle change and compiled with the same.
According to the reports, India’s current status is around 10.2M total cases, 9.78M total recovered cases and 148K total deaths. The more significant threat currently haunting the world is the new Covid strain detected in the UK, resulting in many countries isolating the UK since the last week of November.
New Year’s Eve will be quite dim this time as many rules and regulations will be needed to follow throughout. Even though there is no confirmed positive case of the new strain of Covid 19 in India, the government is taking all the preventive and cautious measures to maintain the streak.
State governments are taking all the preventive measures to mitigate the crowd gathering at New Year’s eve and avoid unnecessary chaos around the country. Talking about the Indian demographic with Covid, 1st case was found positive in Jan 2020 in Kerela, and this strain shifted to many parts of India.
Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Kolkata almost being the epicenters of the covid affected zones. One thing was noticeably seen that there was the upliftment of the positive cases after every festival ended. Thus the government officials and health ministry are trying to stop all the activities, including the mass gathering of multiple people around. Thus throughout the year, the government was stricter on the contrary at festivals and celebrations.
Some significant states have given their guidelines, and they are as follows:-
Maharashtra & Goa:
Maharashtra & Goa have called for a night curfew starting December 22 to January 5. New Year’s eve is generally celebrated at midnight. Thus no celebrations would be possible this year in Maharashtra and Goa.
● Even on Christmas eve, the churches were directed to conduct their masses maximum by 8 pm night. Moreover, they were not allowed to conduct open-air masses.
● Every church was closely monitored for the visitor count, its temperature, etc., and the volume was restricted to 200 people per mass.
● The restaurants and cafes can function according to the SOP’s directed to them by the BMC in Mumbai.
Mass gatherings and celebrations on December 31 and January 1, 2021, will be restricted for this year. This includes celebrations being held and conducted in restaurants, clubs, pubs, resorts, beach resorts, and beaches. Tamil Nadu government targeted all the possible places where people can have a New Year party and held a ban on it. Even Marina Beach, the place famous for its new year party, will remain untouched for this year as there is no beach celebration. However, the government has not applied any curfew on Tamil Nadu’s people; thus, all the restaurants and pubs can function, usually adhering to their SOP’s directed by the government.
The states have lifted a ban on all the mass gatherings around the city, especially in pubs and clubs and even in restaurants. These all are directed to follow all the standard protocols. The strict guidelines also state that they can’t host any parties from December 30 to January 2 but can function adhering to all the Covid-19 guidelines. Starting December 30, a night curfew will be imposed from 10 pm to 6 am and will last till January 2.
Promoting spending time with family, the Rajasthan government imposed many restrictions, including a ban on all the festival celebrations and all kinds of public gatherings. A guideline also states that people should avoid overcrowding, and the bursting of firecrackers should be strictly prohibited from taking care of the public safety standard measure.
CM Rajasthan – Ashok Gehlot tweeted a post – “Rajasthan will strictly follow the directions issued by Supreme Court for all the states regarding corona.”
Other parts of India were directed with a strict ban on collective celebrations and parties and avoiding all kinds of overcrowding of masses in hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars, and other public places on New Year’s Eve to prevent and stop the spread of Covid 19