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DMP chief on New Year celebrations: Bars will be closed and no DJ parties

  • Published at 07:18 pm December 21st, 2020
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam
File photo of DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam at an event in Dhaka BSS

No one will be allowed to hold parties or gatherings in open spaces in Dhaka on December 31, says DMP chief

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has said all bars in the capital will remain shut on the eve of New Year 2021, December 31. The DMP will at the same time not allow any DJ parties to be held in order to maintain law and order. 

DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam announced the restrictions on Monday while addressing a meeting over security and traffic management initiatives for Christmas Day and 31st night.

The DMP chief said that the authorities had taken proper security measures ahead of Christmas Day – the biggest religious festival of the Christian community – and New Year celebrations.

He said that no one would be allowed to hold or take part in parties or gatherings in open spaces on December 31.

Hotel authorities have been asked not to rent their spaces for DJ parties on that night, he added.

“However, they will be allowed to arrange programs under their own management at the hotels while maintaining Covid-19 health directives and social distancing,” he said.

The DMP chief said: “The sale of all kinds of liquor, including beer and wine, will remain prohibited in all bars and hotels from the evening of December 31 to the afternoon of January 1.

“Restaurants and fast food shops will remain closed from 8pm on New Year’s Eve.”

The police authorities have also issued instructions to the effect that no parties are arranged on the Dhaka University (DU) campus or in any other educational institutions to mark the end of 2020.

He recommended more than one prayer at churches through following Covid-19 health safety guidelines.

The meeting was attended by senior officials of the DMP, representatives of the Christian community, and officials of various government intelligence agencies, among others.