After a two-year wait, Mumbai residents may now be in the new year with the typical pre-pandemic festivities. The authorities have allowed New Year’s Eve celebrations to continue indoors until 5 am, but have only approved terrace parties until 12.30 am. Police issued a warning, however, that anyone planning to play music at a terrace party must first seek approval from the neighbourhood police station and a certificate of no objection from the society.
While bars and pubs can stay up until 5 am, restaurants can stay open until 1.30 am. On New Year’s Eve of last year, the Gateway to India was empty.
This year, the police have given the go-ahead to let off fireworks, but only if they are not too close to vital locations like gas stations and oil refineries. Additionally, the police have stated that this year there are no limitations on gatherings of four or more people. Police officers keep an eye on a busy Marine Drive on December 31, 2019.
A senior police officer said, “We will keep an eye on the New Year’s Eve parties taking place in terraces and other places in societies to avoid any unwanted Incidents. We will also deploy special teams to beach areas at Juhu, Versova, Bandra Bandstand, Worli Sea face, Marine Drive and Gorai beach, Uttan beach and Rajodi beach in Vasai. This team will check that there are no drugs or rave parties taking place.”
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