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BMC takes action against four venues in Mumbai for flouting COVID-19 safety guidelines

As per reports, officials visited Bombay Adda, Rude Lounge and other clubs and restaurants. Fine worth over INR 43,000 has been collected from people for not wearing masks while enjoying time in a public space.

BMC takes action against four venues in Mumbai for flouting COVID-19 safety guidelines

Coronavirus cases in the city of Mumbai continue to increase exponentially, and despite being given several warnings, people in the city have been flouting norms and not wearing masks in public places. Instances of people disrespecting the rules have also increased over the last few months, whereby officials have understood that the citizens are still unaware of the seriousness of the situation. 

With an aim to act upon the same, the state government has asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take strict action and impose fine against people for not following the guidelines. Officials have found out that the citizens have been doing so at several hotels and restaurants. Understanding the same, in a recent incident, BMC took action against four big clubs and restaurants in Mumbai for violating coronavirus guidelines. As per reports, a total of 275 people were fined at one of the pubs in Mumbai, whereby they were found enjoying the evening, without a mask. 

Raids were conducted at Mumbai's Bombay Adda, Rude Lounge, Bhagwati and other big hotels. 

It is further learned that the BMC officials also raided two hotels on Sunday night and collected fines worth INR 30,000 from the 275 people at Bombay Adda. Similarly, a location in Dadar was also visited whereby 120 people were fined for enjoying without masks. Records state that a total of INR 43,200 have been recovered from all the four hotels. 

The money collected in these kinds of operations will be used by the corporation to buy new masks and distribute them to the citizens, said Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

It's that of the year when the youth across the state are ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year with a party on December 31, 2020. However, keeping the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in mind, the municipality has announced some rules and has started a campaign to ensure these rules are strictly followed. However, to inspect the same, pubs and restaurants in Mumbai are being visited regularly by the officials.

Earlier it was reported that Commissioner Chahal wanted to impose a night curfew in the city and had also written to the government demanding the same. However, it was declined for the time being, and the officials have been asked to warn citizens regarding the matter; and if the people continue to flout rules, the government will have no option but to impose a curfew.

The pattern will be observed for the next two weeks, and a decision will be taken thereafter.

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