Mumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) Hotels, bars and pubs in Mumbai can remain open till 5am on January 1 for New Year celebrations with prior permission from local police stations, a senior official said Saturday. Also Read - Urmila Matondkar to Join Shiv Sena on Tuesday, Year After Quitting Congress

Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Singe told PTI that an order issued by the Maharashtra government’s Excise department has allowed restaurants, bars, hotels and pubs in Mumbai to remain open till 1.30am on January 1. Also Read - Coronavirus: Maharashtra Extends Lockdown Restrictions Till Dec 31, Essential Services Allowed

“However, they will be allowed to remain open till 5am if they have prior permission from their local police stations,” Singe, who is also the Mumbai police’s spokesperson, said. Also Read - Defying Odds, 34-Year-Old Differently-Abled Woman Becomes Sarpanch of 2 Maharashtra Villages

The city police’s order comes days after Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asking him to let legal establishments remain open 24X7 in metro cities.

On December 27, Aaditya had written to Fadnavis, demanding that Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune and other such cities should be open all night for “all legal activities of entertainment and celebration”, especially in non-residential areas, on New Years eve.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.