Bengaluru: In the wake of the new coronavirus strain, the Bengaluru Police imposed a curfew in the city on New Year’s Eve, even as the government is yet to announce guidelines for New Year celebrations.

The Bengaluru Police Commissioner has clamped section 144 across Bengaluru till midnight of December 31. Section 144 comes into effect across the city from 6 pm on Thursday, December 31 till 6 am on January 1, 2021.

“I appeal to the citizens to cooperate with the administration in ensuring safe celebrations. The curfew will be in force from 6 pm of December 31 till 6 am of January 1,” he said.

Issuing an order, Kamal Pant, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, stated that ‘no-man’ zones will be created at MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar.

“No-man zones will be created at MG Road, Church Street, Brigade Road, Koramangala and Indiranagar; only those with advance reservation coupons for pubs, bars, restaurants will be allowed,” Kamal Pant, Commissioner of Police, Bengaluru, stated.

Under Section 144 of CRPC assembly of five or more people is barred and the Bengaluru police said that they have advised hotels, malls and other public places to ensure that the laws are respected and followed.

After a meeting with Health department officials and senior police officers, Medical Education minister Dr K Sudhakar said “It is important to make sure the new year is celebrated in a simple manner in the backdrop of Covid-19. The guidelines will consist of rules to be followed in Bengaluru and other parts of the state.”

Earlier on Sunday, Home minister Basavaraj Bommai had said, “The guidelines will be issued to prevent further spread of coronavirus. The objective is to avoid a huge congregation of people at public places, which gives room for coronavirus to spread rapidly.”

In the December 17 order, the state government had appealed to the public to keep celebrations indoors and banned all DJ events and dance parties. The order, issued by Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar, permitted bursting of only green crackers, while revellers were advised to refrain from handshakes and hugs.