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Virus scare: Cops asked to shut pubs, bars in Mumbai

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Roshneesh Kmaneck
Last updated on: March 17, 2020 23:40 IST
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The Mumbai police has been asked to shut pubs, dance bars, discotheques and similar establishments in the city till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Tuesday.

The police are taking every possible precautionary measure to prevent crowding in public places, he added.


Deputy Commissioner of Police N Ambika (Headquarters-1) on Tuesday ordered all senior inspectors, assistant commissioners and deputy commissioners to ensure that pubs, discotheques, dance bars and orchestra bars remain closed till March 31, he said.

The order has to be executed immediately, the official added.

Earlier, the police had imposed section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in Mumbai to prevent unnecessary gatherings.

At least 41 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Maharashtra, seven of them in Mumbai. A Mumbai resident died on Tuesday, becoming the first coronavirus-linked casualty in the state.

Meanwhile, as a preventive measure, the police are also vacating the beaches in the city.

On Tuesday, police teams were seen appealing people not to loiter at the Marine Drive promenade as well as Girgaum and Juhu beaches.

The social media handles of the police are also putting out messages against gatherings and crowding.

The police have also issued prohibitory orders under CrPC section 144 to private tour operators who organise sight-seeing or other kinds of tours through the city, asking them to suspend their operations till March 31.

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