no new year public revelry: Bengaluru: No New Year public revelry on MG Road, Brigade, Church Street | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Party hub for New Year revellers — MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street — will remain out of bounds for public celebrations with police imposing ban orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code from 6pm December 31 to 6am January 1 in the city.
Gathering of five or more people and celebrations on public roads across the city are banned, said Bengaluru City police commissioner Kamal Pant on Monday. However, people with bookings at hotels and pubs in the area will be allowed to enter the three roads, but they cannot step onto public roads to celebrate the New Year, he said.
“During a meeting, pubs’ and restaurants’ associations agreed to abide by the restrictions. Advance booking at hotels on these three roads is mandatory and those heading there will have to furnish the booking coupon (including in electronic form). Pubs and restaurants will operate as per their regular time,” Pant said.
The move comes due to Covid-19 scare and a deadlier strain of virus that has surfaced in the United Kingdom.
No music nights & shows at pubs, clubs

The police officer said that inhouse celebrations in residential complexes and private clubs may be held for residents and members, respectively, without organising special events. Hotels, malls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, club houses and similar establishments holding New Year celebration will not organise any special DJ events, shows, programmes or performances, music nights and musical bands, and dance programmes.
However, they may carry on with regular business, including music within permissible decibels, following Covid-19 protocols.
Pant said flyovers will be closed and traffic and law and order police will be deployed to nab stunt riders and drunk drivers. “There will be teams keeping an eye on these places. Cases against individuals and pubs will be booked under National Disaster Management Act if they flout rules,” he said.

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