New Delhi: Ahead of the new year’s celebrations and a fresh health scare owing to a new Coronavirus strain, a night curfew has been imposed in Delhi beginning 11 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1. For January 2, the night curfew will begin at 11 pm on January 1 and continue till 6 am on January 2. An order issued by DDMA stated that not more than 5 people will be allowed to assemble at public places in Delhi during night curfew to avoid large gatherings in view of COVID-19. Also Read - Historic COVID-19 Vaccination Underway: Here's All You Need to Know About Covishield And Covaxin

“Not more than five persons to assemble at public place, no new year celebration events, no gatherings at public places permitted from 11 pm of 31st Dec to 6 am of 1st Jan and 11 pm of 1 Jan to 6 am of 2nd Jan,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said in an order. Also Read - COVID Tongue: Beware of This New Coronavirus Symptom That's Rapidly Increasing - All You Need to Know

“A detailed assessment of the situation in Delhi has been made and considering the threat posed by the mutant UK strain of COVID-19 virus and after observing the local incidents of Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi, it is apprehended that gatherings, congregations, and public celebrations of New Year pose a considerable threat of the spread of the virus and may cause a setback to the appreciable gains made in the suppression of chain of transmission of COVID-19 cases in Delhi,” the order said.

However, there will be no restriction on interstate movement of people and goods during night curfew in Delhi, the chief secretary said in the order.