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No overnight curfew in Bengal on New Year’s Eve, says chief secretary

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The night curfew will not be imposed in West Bengal on New Year’s Eve as the situation is not so bad, a senior official said.

However, the state government will take all precautionary measures to avoid meetings on the occasion, he said.

The current situation is not conducive to imposing a night curfew, said Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

“New Years celebrations are organized in some places in West Bengal. If people comply with Covid-19 security protocols and cooperate with the police and administration, meetings can be avoided, ”he said Wednesday.

The Home Office has allowed states and union territories to impose local restrictions, such as a night curfew, if necessary, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

With a returnee from the UK testing positive for the mutant coronavirus strain in Kolkata, the chief secretary warned people and urged them to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.

“People must cooperate with the administration and the police. There will be special assistance booths at places like Park Street and Victoria Memorial where great turnout is expected, ”he said.

Kolkata Police have taken steps to ensure that all Covid-19 security protocols are adhered to and large gatherings are avoided on New Year’s Eve, as per the Kolkata High Court order to control an increase in infections.

Security has been reinforced in and around the metropolis to avoid any adverse incidents.

On Tuesday, the high court asked the state government to ensure that effective Covid-19 security protocols are upheld during the end-of-the-year holidays.

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