Maharashtra announces fresh curbs for weddings, funerals, events amid Omicron scare

New Delhi: Maharashtra government on Thursday (December 30, 2021) announced a fresh set of curbs on attendance at weddings, social, political, religious events and funerals. The order comes amid surge in Omicron cases of COVID-19.

“In case of marriages or any other social, political or religious event, the maximum number of attendees shall be restricted to 50 persons. The maximum number of attendees is restricted to 20 in funerals,” the order read.

The order also stated, “In any other part of the state which are tourist spots that attract a large crowd of people such as beaches, open grounds, etc, the competent authority may as deemed appropriate, impose section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973.”

Additionally, Section 144 was also imposed in the financial capital of India by the Police from December 30 till January 7. According to the new order issued by the Mumbai Police, a ban has been placed on New Year`s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts, and clubs from December 30 to January 7.

“The order shall come into the force, in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai from 00:00 Hrs of 30 December 2021 and will remain in force till 24 Hrs of 7 January 2022, unless withdrawn earlier,” the order reads.

“Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 in addition to the penal provision under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and National Disaster Management Act 2005 and other legal provisions as applicable,” said Chaitanya S, Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Meanwhile, Mumbai on Thursday reported 3,671 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the active cases to 11,360, as per Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai.