Mumbai: Preparations for the 31st and New Year receptions in Maharashtra have suffered a setback. The crisis of omicron has increased in the state. More than 400 cases of omicrons have been reported in India. Out of these, 108 cases have been reported in Maharashtra alone. In view of this growing crisis, the State Government has imposed new restrictions. The ban has come into effect from Friday midnight. As per these new rules, more than 5 people will not be able to gather at one place in public places from 9 pm to 6 am. CM Uddhav Thackeray has appealed for strict compliance of rules otherwise he has been asked to be prepared for further strict restrictions.
As per the new rules, 50 percent of the capacity attendance in halls or auditoriums has been allowed for public events. Where the capacity of seats is not fixed, 25 percent of the persons are allowed to attend. If an event is organized in an open space, only 25 percent of the persons will be allowed to be present.
Up to 100 persons have been allowed to attend the hall at a time for wedding ceremonies. If there is a function in an open space, the presence of 25% of the total capacity of 250 or fixed space, whichever is less, will be allowed to be the same number. The same conditions will apply to the presence of people for other social, political, religious programs as well. As per the new guidelines, 50% of the capacity of seats in restaurants, hotels, gyms, spas, cinema halls, theatres has been allowed. In addition, the District Disaster Management Department has been empowered to tighten the restrictions as per requirement. Some additional restrictions have been imposed in view of fears of a spurt in corona-omicron infection during Christmas, wedding season, New Year preparations.