The civic body in Mumbai- Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday has allowed food delivery by restaurants and hotels after 11 PM on the night of December 31. On December 23 the state government had announced a night curfew in Maharashtra till January 5 in the backdrop of the new COVID 19 strain, which was first found in the United Kingdom in September.
On Thursday, the BMC took to Twitter and urged the Mumbaikars not to stop the party and stated that restaurants are allowed to home deliver food in the city post 11:00 PM till 1.30 AM. Later the civic body said that the Centre’s COVID-19 prevention norms will have to be followed to ensure Mumbai rings in the New Year 2021 with safety.
“Don’t Stop The Party, Mumbai – Just Take It Indoors After 11:00! Restaurants are allowed to home deliver food in the city post 11:00 pm. COVID-prevention norms will have to be followed to ensure Mumbai rings in the new year with safety,” the BMC tweeted.
Don’t Stop The Party, Mumbai – Just Take It Indoors After 11:00!
Restaurants are allowed to home deliver food in the city post 11:00pm.
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) December 31, 2020
This comes following a week after the BMC had banned all celebrations after 11 pm, including on building terraces, disappointing many prospective revelers across the city. Earlier it was also reported that some restaurant owners and hoteliers have urged the government to allow them to open the restaurant after 11 pm on new year’s eve.
To ensure that Mumbaikars follow COVID-19 guidelines on new year’s eve, the Maharashtra government has deployed around 30,000 personnel of the Mumbai Police and several drones on duty.
According to S Chaitanya, spokesperson of the Mumbai Police, “Night curfew to remain in place from 11 pm today to 6 am tomorrow. Section 144 to remain imposed prohibiting the gathering of 5 or more persons. No parties will be allowed in restaurants, pubs, bars, beaches, rooftops, or boats.”
Meanwhile on Wednesday Mumbai reported 714 new coronavirus positive cases and 13 deaths, taking the caseload to 2,92,722 and the fatality