Mumbai's 'Bandra Reclamation- Bandra Wonderland' has been closed for visitors from today, December 30 till January 2, due to rising COVID-19 cases in the city.
Crowds used to gather at Mumbai's Bandra Reclamation area which is lit up for the New Year, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Maharashtra | Mumbai's 'Bandra Reclamation- Bandra Wonderland' closed for visitors from today till January 2, due to rising COVID19 cases in the city— ANI (@ANI) December 30, 2021
In the wake of emergence of the new 'Omicron' variant of COVID-19, the Mumbai Police have prohibited New Year celebrations and gatherings in any closed or open space, including hotels and restaurants, an official said on Thursday.
The orders were issued on Wednesday under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 by Deputy Commissioner of Police (operations) S Chaitanya.
The order will be in force from Thursday till January 7, 2022, the official said.
The police order prohibits all New Year celebrations, programmes, functions and gatherings in any closed or open space, including hotels, restaurants, bars, resorts and clubs.
On Wednesday, Mumbai reported 2,510 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily addition since May 8, and one death, taking its tally to 7,75,808 and toll to 16,375, a civic official said.
The spike in the country's financial capital has got pronounced since December 20, when just 283 cases were reported.
Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 85 fresh cases of Omicron, the highest single-day tally recorded so far by any state in the country, taking the overall count to 252, as per the state health department.
State minister Aaditya Thackeray had urged people not to panic, but exercise extreme caution in the wake sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Mumbai and stressed on vaccination and widespread use of face masks.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday expressed concern over the rise in the number of fresh as well as active COVID-19 cases in the state, terming it as an "alarming" situation, and said stricter measures will be imposed to stem the infection spread.
He urged people and authorities to exercise caution at a time when the new coronavirus variant Omicron has fuelled worries about a fresh spurt in cases.
The minister emphasised on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols and ramping up of vaccination against the infection.
(With agency inputs)