DMP bans New Year celebration in open spaces

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Dhaka, Dec 31: Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Friday issued some instructions requesting all concerned not to hold any program at open space during the 31st night ahead of the English New Year.

No public gathering in open spaces, including rooftops, will be allowed on the night of December 31 amid the Coronavirus pandemic, said a DMP press release signed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mohammad Shafiqul Islam.

No fireworks or parties will be allowed under the open sky, the release added.

Dhaka University campus will remain restricted for outsiders after 6 pm on December 31, said the release, adding teachers and other employees of Dhaka University residing on campus can enter the university premises through Nilkhet and Shahbagh entrances after showing their ID cards.

On 31st night, no outsiders will be allowed to enter Gulshan and Banani areas after 8 pm on December 31, but residents can enter through Kakoli and Amtoli points.

At the same time, outsiders who are not the residents of Gulshan, Banani, Baridhara, and Dhaka University residential areas have been requested not to enter these areas in order to maintain overall security during the time.

Moreover, after 8 pm no one would be allowed to stay in the Hatirjheel area. The DMP also requested the residents of Gulshan, Banani, and Baridhara areas to return home before 8 pm.

Even no bar inside the capital will remain open after 6 pm, but the resident hotels are allowed to arrange function on limited scales with their own management.

City dwellers are requested not to carry any licensed arms in public places from 6 pm on December 31 to 6 am on January 1.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police will take legal action against those who fail to comply with these directives.