With the city gearing up to celebrate New Year’s Eve, it is likely that strict restrictions will be in place to ensure that the city remains safe from the spread of Omicron. The police are very particular this season to make sure that people wear masks and maintain social distancing in pubs and clubs.
However, the wine dealers and promoters of various establishments in the city maintain that while they have their set of rules in place, self-restraint is of primary importance. The government has reiterated that masks were compulsory in places where people gather and insisted on social distancing and other measures.
While the food and beverage industry was happy that the second wave was ebbing, suddenly, the threat of Omicron is looming large, and neither the government nor the police wants to take any chances. The food and beverage entrepreneurs say that 20 percent of their annual revenue comes during the New Year week. But they are equally worried about the spread of Omicron and wish that the party-goers maintain COVID protocols.
The newly appointed Hyderabad police commissioner CV Anand has stated that ground-level enforcement has been intensified, and teams will be formed to deal with COVID violations on New Year's eve. He said that a meeting would be held to chalk out measures to curb COVID violations during this week. He also added that they asked both traffic and law and order police to intensify enforcement.
Cyberabad police commissioner Stephen Ravindra also shared that discussions were on to form teams for the festive weekend.