Prohibitory orders have been issued by the Police commissioner in the city of Mangaluru as preventive measures, with the prevailing risk of the pandemic and the emergence of the new strain of the virus. These orders have been issued with regard to the new year celebrations to prevent an outbreak.
The prohibitory orders were issued by City police commissioner and additional district magistrate of Mangaluru city, under Section 144 (1). They will be applicable from 6.00 pm on December 31 to 6.00 am on January 1, 2021.
As per the order issued, the restrictions are as follows,
- Ban on the gathering of five or more people along with a ban on New Year celebrations on public roads.
- Ban on gathering in public places, main roads, beaches, open areas for the purpose of celebrating New Year.
- No New Year celebration of any type involving large gathering is allowed in an open place, park grounds etc. However, in-house celebrations in residential complexes, private clubs can be held for members and residents, without organising special events.
- Hotels, malls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, clubhouses or any similar establishments are prohibited from organising New Year events such as shows, programmes, music nights, DJ events, dance programmes etc. However, the establishments are allowed to carry regular business activities, including music within permissible decibel while also adhering to COVID-19 protocol.
- The management of the establishments must ensure that there is no crowd formed outside their premises.
- Management of hotels, malls, pubs/restaurants should take preventive measures in accordance with COVID-19 protocol issued by the government for the safety of citizens. They must also follow the guidelines issued by the police department, Pollution Control Board, fire service and other local authorities.
It was also stated that in case of any violation of the guidelines, strict action will be taken against the concerned as per Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, Epidemic Diseases Act along with Sec 188 of the IPC.