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BMC deploys 48 teams to keep an eye on Christmas, New Year parties

As Mumbai becomes the worst affected districts in Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to form a total of 48 inspection teams during Christmas and New Year festivities.

This comes owing to the rise in the number of Omicron cases over the weekend in the city and state.

The civic body will form two teams in each of the 24 administrative wards in Mumbai to conduct surprise inspections at marriage halls, malls, multiplexes and restaurants to ensure that citizens and establishments are following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

Moreover, the BMC on Saturday, December 18, issued fresh guidelines and urged Mumbaikars to avoid gathering or organising parties during festive season.

Officials said that these surprise inspections will take place only at public commercial places, and not for private gatherings or parties. At the ward level, the civic body will contact marriage halls, commercial open spaces, and take down a list of dates from that are booked for private gatherings, official added.

The civic body also stated that action to be taken against those flouting COVID-19 guidelines will be based on the magnitude of the violation. If quests are found to be without masks, then they will be fined ₹200 each for not wearing masks.

Meanwhile, if the organisers have not ensured social distancing, a warning will be given to them. However, the organisers of events will also be booked by the BMC in case the situation is very serious. If the premises are operating at full capacity and not adhering to the guidelines, punitive action will be taken against the organisers.

(*48*) to BMC officials, the state government has empowered the BMC to levy a ₹10,000 fine on individuals or establishments for violating norms.

Also Read: At Many Countries, Omicron Has Created A Lockdown-Like Situation, Says BMC Chief

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