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TAC Panel suggests curbs for New Year and other celebrations

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The COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended subdued New Year with the increasing concern over the new variant Omicron in the state.

The expert panel has recommended the prohibition of large and small gatherings in established venues of New Year’s eve celebrations. It has also recommended that organized gatherings in pubs, restaurants, clubs and celebrations on major roads, malls and other public places should not be allowed through regular activities can continue in pubs, restaurants and clubs reports the

The Panel has advised that Sec 144 should be enforced and the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Diseases Act will be imposed to contain the spread of the virus.

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The further writes, Night curfew shall be imposed in Bengaluru and other identified cities from 30th December 2021 to 2nd January 2022 (7:00 PM to 5:00 AM),” the expert panel recommended.

At places of worship like temples, churches, mosques TAC recommended that between December 22 and January 2, 2022 there shall be 50 per cent occupancy in the temples, mosques and churches and the priests must possess a negative RT-PCR certificate.

As there is a possibility of public celebrations turning into superspreader events for Covid 19, the TAC has recommended that New Year celebrations take place indoors and public celebrations should be avoided.

Belagavi saw it’s first Omicron case on Dec 15, with a Nigerian return testing positive for the same.

The daily new positive cases in the district have been under 15 and not a huge surge has been visible. As of Dec 16 the active cases were 87.

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