New Year Parties: What’s Allowed, What’s Not
A Kia Motors Corp. sports utility vehicle (SUV) delivers the “2021” New Year’s Eve numerals during a coast-to-coast tour in the Times Square neighborhood of New York. (Photographer Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

New Year Parties: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

House parties and small gatherings are going to be the flavour of this new year’s celebrations as cities impose restrictions, including night curfews, to curb spreading of the deadliest virus.

While the extent of restrictions varies across cities, there’s a blanket ban on large gatherings in almost all parts of the country. Most public places will be cleared by 11 p.m.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also emphasised on the need to take adequate precautions. The Covid-19 vaccine, Modi said, will be ready for rollout in India over the next few days but citizens should not take it easy even when it is being administered to individuals in the country.

The world’s second-worst infected nation has 1,02,66,674 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. While 98.6 lakh patients have recovered, more than 1.48 lakh have succumbed to the disease.

Here’s a quick look at the restrictions imposed in some of the big cities in the country...

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