Prohibitory Orders in Mumbai: What You Need to Know (Updated December 27, 2023).

Attention! The Mumbai Police has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Mumbai, effective December 20, 2023, and extended until January 18, 2024. This means certain restrictions are in place, impacting both residents and visitors.

Here’s what you need to know:

Key Restrictions:

  • Gathering Ban: Assembly of four or more persons in public places is prohibited. This includes parks, beaches, and other gathering spots.
  • Drones Restricted: Flying of drones, paragliders, and hot air balloons is completely banned. Exceptions include authorized police operations and written permission from the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations).
  • Protest Curbs: Holding demonstrations, rallies, and roadblocks is strictly prohibited.
  • Weapon Ban: Carrying any dangerous weapons or articles that could incite violence is forbidden.

Exceptions and Clarifications:

  • Religious Gatherings: Religious places of worship are exempted from the gathering ban. However, social distancing norms and crowd control measures must be followed.
  • Essential Services: Emergency services, essential work operations, and marriages are not impacted.
  • Travel: Movement within the city and travel through Mumbai is not restricted. However, following traffic regulations and avoiding large gatherings is advised.

Impact on Christmas and New Year:

The restrictions may affect planned festivities and gatherings during Christmas and New Year. Organizers of events should seek necessary approvals and adhere to guidelines. Individuals are advised to avoid large crowds and maintain social distancing.

Stay Informed:

  • Keep yourself updated with official updates from the Mumbai Police.
  • Refer to official websites and social media channels for the latest information on specific restrictions and exemptions.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Remember: These restrictions are in place to maintain security and public order. Cooperate with the authorities and plan your activities accordingly.

By understanding and abiding by these restrictions, we can all contribute to a safe and peaceful holiday season in Mumbai.

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