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Covid-19: These states have renewed restrictions ahead of New Year’s celebrations

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As alarm spreads about the new variant of the coronavirus found in the UK and then France, Spain, Sweden and Canada, several states have renewed restrictions ahead of the New Year celebrations. States have also listed precautions that must be taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This comes in the context of daily Covid-19 cases in the country falling to 18,732, with the total count reaching 10,187,850 on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry dashboard. The country recorded 279 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll from the virus to 147,622.

These are the states that have renewed the restrictions ahead of the New Years celebrations:

Maharashtra: The state has announced a seven-hour night curfew in all cities and municipal corporate areas. The curfew from 11 pm to 6 am is in effect from December 22 and will continue until January 5, 2021. “This is not a normal new year and therefore we cannot have normal celebrations. A curfew is being imposed to ensure that such violations are not repeated, ”said BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

Tamil Nadu: The state government issued an order prohibiting New Years celebrations on beaches, hotels, clubs and resorts on the night of December 31 and January 1, 2021. There will be no entrance to the beaches on these days, And there will be no midnight revels will be allowed on beach roads, restaurants, hotels, clubs, resorts, including spas and similar places on New Year’s Eve and the next day, an official statement read.

Karnataka: After the night curfew order was withdrawn, Karnataka banned mass gatherings without social distancing in clubs, pubs, restaurants or similar venues from December 30 to January 2.

Rajasthan: The curfew will be imposed in Rajasthan from 8 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1. Markets in the state will also be closed at 7 p.m. on New Years Eve, according to an order from the state Department of the Interior. The order, which was approved after it was decided that there would be restrictions “similar to those of Diwali”, will be applicable in all municipalities.

Uttarakhand – The state capital Dehradun has banned public celebrations such as parties in hotels, bars and restaurants on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve, adding that violation of the ban will be punishable under the Disaster Management Act of 2005, the Law of Epidemic Diseases and other relevant sections of the IPC.

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