Flouting Covid norms cost two wedding parties dearly as the action was taken against them by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The BMC has raided two wedding venues in the last two days and booked some people after they were reportedly discovered violating Covid requirements.
BMC officials raided a gymkhana (recreation centre) in the Chembur suburban area of Mumbai on Monday, following a tip-off. They found almost 300-500 individuals attending a function during the raid. Following the raid, the catering manager and wedding organisers were booked.
In a related case, an FIR against the parents of the bride, groom and manager of a gymkhana where a wedding function was held was registered by the Mumbai police.
The complaint was registered by BMC officials at the Tilak Nagar police station in Eastern Mumbai after the inspection of the Chedda Nagar Gymkhana and Recreation Center in Ghatkopar on Sunday evening.
According to the statement of the complainant employed with the BMC, they were informed by senior officials that around 350 people were present at the wedding function.
No social distancing was being followed and many weren’t wearing masks
A case was registered against the parents of the bride and groom, gymkhana manager and caterer, under section 188, 269 and 34 of IPC and sections under the Epidemic and Disaster Management Act.
This comes just a day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave an ultimatum to the people that the “whole state will go under lockdown in eight days if people don’t start following Covid norms.”
As per the new guidelines, they are responsible for an action if the authorities see a group of more than 50 individuals at any place.
Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh of Mumbai has also cautioned individuals against violating Covid requirements.
“We appeal to the people of Mumbai once again to follow the SOPs given by the government. Whatever we do, we do for your health and keeping you in mind. If you don’t listen to us and don’t take precautions then we will have no options and once again Mumbai will see a lockdown,” Aslam Shaikh said.
“We have seen the problems that lockdown brings with it. We have faced all of them. If you want to save yourself then you will have to support the government. Fighting coronavirus isn’t just the responsibility of the government but yours as well and that you will abide by the rules,” Shaikh added.