Updated: December 21, 2020 1:49:44 am
Ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday urged people to be careful and cautious. He said wearing a mask would be mandatory at least for the next six months even if the vaccine against coronavirus becomes available. Thackeray added that night curfew or a lockdown is not necessary at this time, but insisted that people should continue to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Referring to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan’s statement of wearing a mask even if vaccine comes, Thackeray said, “The vaccine is yet to come. But, in my opinion, it will be mandatory to wear a mask at least for the next six months.”
Thackeray, in his address to the people of the state, pointed out that a strict lockdown, which is called tier four, has been imposed in Europe and England due to the upcoming New Year celebrations and a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus.
“Some experts have suggested that I impose the night curfew or lockdown ahead of the New Year. The night curfew or lockdown can be imposed by the law, but I don’t think it is required. Because we have learnt what to do from past experiences. The threat of the virus is not yet over. About 70-75 per cent people are following all the measures but the remaining 25 per cent should also follow them for the sake of their families and the society,” said Thackeray.
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He also said that apart from Christmas and New Year celebrations, social distancing should also be maintained in other large gatherings like wedding.
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