Hyderabad, Dec 30 (Maxim News) Telangana government on Wednesday announced that all the wine will be opened till 12 am on New Year eve (i.e, on December 31).
Meanwhile, bars and clubs which usually wrap up the business at 12 am will remain open until 1 am. The Telangana State Prohibition and Excise Department passed the orders stating that all the pubs and bars can serve up to 1 am and should follow COVID-19 norms.
New Year Parties Banned:
However, the government imposed a ban on New Year celebrations in the view of the new strain of coronavirus and directed all the pubs and bars to avoid all the parties. Even the parties in the apartments and gated communities are banned. All the wine shops have already purchased extra stocks so as to not lost out on new year’s eve demands. On the other hand, drunk and drive checks will be conducted by the traffic police across the city in the view of the New Year to prevent road accidents.
It is to mention here that amid fears about the new coronavirus variant confirmed in the United Kingdom that has forced the governments across the globe to take unprecedented precautionary measures, the new restrictions are likely to dampen the New Year 2021 revelries across the country.
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):
Several state governments across the country have taken preventive measures to prevent large gatherings as part of their strategy to trace and treat passengers who returned from the UK in recent days and their contacts. In the wake of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus, Ministry of Health has also issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). These restrictions are most likely to affect the New Year’s Eve celebrations in many cities as authorities have banned New Year parties and imposed night curfew along with Section 144 to prevent big gatherings.
With COVID-19 mass vaccination has begun in many countries and a dry run for the same is being conducted in fours states, the health experts have warned that adequate precaution is a must to prevent the deadly virus from spreading further.