Nagpur: In a late-night development, the Maharashtra government on Thursday announced that it will be announcing fresh restrictions in the state ahead of Christmas and new year celebrations.
This development comes after Mumbai reported over 600 cases on Thursday. A Covid-19 task force review meeting was held by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray at 10pm on Thursday. The government then said that the new rules and restrictions will be announced on Friday afternoon.
The official said, “A detailed order will be issued tomorrow. The sole purpose is to curb crowding due to the festive season.” According to sources, Maharashtra government is set to impose night curfew in the state from Friday itself. Other than this, it is likely that section 144 will be imposed across the state and a different set of guidelines will be issued for crowded events, venues.
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 1000 Covid-19 cases after a long gap. 1179 cases were reported of which, 602 were reported from Mumbai. Till now, 88 Omicron cases have been detected in the state. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already imposed section 144 across the city till December 31, banning large gatherings and parties.
Not just Maharashtra, several states including Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have imposed night curfews due to a rise in the Omicron cases. Delhi has banned all gatherings for new years and Christmas to avoid unnecessary gatherings.