Jaipur: Following Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Rajasthan government has imposed a night curfew on December 31 in all cities having a population of over one lakh.

According to an order issued by the Home Department, the restrictions will remain in place from 8 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1. Markets in the areas where the night curfew is imposed will close at 7 pm.

No New Year party will be organised on the occasion while bursting of firecrackers will be banned. Social, religious, political congregations too have been forbidden in the state.

Those visiting religious places are required to follow all precautionary measures, including wearing masks, using sanitisers and following social distancing norms.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday had urged people to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home and avoid bursting firecrackers and mass gatherings in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, after chairing a meeting to review preparedness for the coronavirus vaccination programme.

"People should celebrate New Year with their families inside their homes, avoid overcrowding and bursting firecrackers. This is important for everyone's health. Rajasthan will strictly implement COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Supreme Court for all states," he had tweeted.

Rajasthan on Wednesday reported 8 Covid-19 related deaths and 992 fresh positive cases as per official data, taking the total number of deaths and positive cases in the state to 2,642 and 3,01,708 respectively.

The deaths were reported from Alwar, Bundi, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jhunjhunu, Jodhpur, Kota and Sikar (one in each district).