Mumbai: There will be a night curfew in Mumbai between 11 am and 6 am on New Year’s Eve. Mumbai police will keep a close watch on night parties at restaurants, pubs, bars and beaches with the help of drones.
In the absence of breath analyzers due to COVID-19, the police may also collect blood samples of individuals to keep a check on drunken driving.
“The night curfew will be held from 11 am to 6 pm tomorrow. Section 144 will prohibit the gathering of five or more persons. No party is allowed in restaurants, pubs, bars, beaches, terraces and boats. We will keep using it. Drones, “said S. Chaitanya, Mumbai Police spokesperson.
Chaitanya said that those who indulge in drink and drive will not be able to get away just because the breath is not being used in view of COVID. “We can always collect blood samples and check their alcohol content. Action will be taken against the culprits,” he said.
The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra rose to 19,28,603 on Wednesday with the addition of 3,537 fresh cases. With 70 more people succumbing to the virus, the overall death toll in the state went up to 49,463. On the other hand, Mumbai city saw 714 new coronavirus positive cases in the day and 13 deaths, taking the caseload to 2,92,722 and the fatality count to 11,107.