Mumbai Omicron Fear: BMC Chief Iqbal Singh Chahal Appeals People To Avoid Christmas And New Year Parties

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Mumbai Omicron Fear: BMC Chief Iqbal Singh Chahal Appeals People To Avoid Christmas And New Year Parties

Highlight

  • BMC chief urges citizens to avoid gatherings and parties amid Omicron fears
  • BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal has also warned of strict action against those who break the rules.
  • So far 54 cases of Omicron variant have been reported in Maharashtra.

Amid fears over the spread of the Omicron version of the coronavirus, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has appealed to citizens to avoid gatherings and parties during the upcoming Christmas festival and New Year, and take action against those who violate the rules. has warned of strict action against him. ,

So far 54 cases of Omicron variant have been reported in Maharashtra. Of these, 22 are from Mumbai, including cases detected through screening at the international airport here, according to official data. In a press release issued on Sunday, Chahal said that due to the new virus variant Omicron, the situation in many countries of the world has once again gone out of control and a situation like lockdown has arisen.

He said that despite repeated appeals by the government and administration to prevent a possible third wave of COVID-19, the guidelines are not being followed properly in most of the places – especially in wedding ceremonies and other functions, And there is a need to stop the growing crowd. In such events.

Chahal asked the citizens to strictly follow the rules regarding attendance at weddings and other functions.

“Avoid any kind of crowd, wear a mask and follow the COVID-19 guidelines. All citizens should also be fully vaccinated,” said the civic chief, asking people to visit hotels, restaurants, cinemas, malls and other places. All rules must be followed. He said the BMC body has deployed squads at the ward level to take action against those violating the rules.

“Those violating the COVID-19 rules will be dealt with strictly by the ward level teams of BMC as well as the Mumbai Police administration,” he said.

Chahal said that in the near future, the risk of spreading COVID-19 may increase if events and celebrations are organized on Christmas and New Year. He said that there is also a need to curb the increasing crowds at weddings and other functions.

He said, “To prevent such a situation in India as well as in Maharashtra, the central and state governments are continuously appealing to the people and requesting them to take precautions. The BMC administration also appealed to the Mumbaikars to be vigilant. Is.”

According to the BMC, the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra issued an order on November 27 and laid down guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Mumbai Police also issued a notification on December 14, stating that violators will be dealt with as per the Indian Penal Code as well as the Epidemic Diseases Act and the National Disaster Management Act.

As per the state government guidelines, in indoor halls, only 50 per cent of the total capacity of those halls should be allowed to participate in an event, whereas in open spaces, only 25 per cent of the total capacity should be allowed. Only one should be allowed to participate in an event. space should be allowed.

It has been said in the guidelines that if more than 1,000 people have to come together for an event in an open place, then it is necessary to take prior permission from the local disaster management authority.

All hotels, restaurants, cinema halls, malls and other government and private establishments should strictly follow the rules regarding attendance. As per the guidelines, all eligible citizens are required to complete their vaccination by taking both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Only those people who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed in public places including public transport.

Full immunization is mandatory for all employees working in public places or establishments as well as all those attending events or functions. Appropriate action will be taken against the establishment if any violation of the guidelines is found.

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