Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on gatherings and celebrations in open spaces in the capital city on New Year's Eve (31 December) in an effort to maintain law-and order.
Also, all the bars in Dhaka metropolitan area will remain closed from 6pm on the day, while fast-food restaurants will be open till 10pm.
However, city dwellers are allowed to celebrate the occasion at indoor functions, on a limited scale, complying with the pandemic's guidelines.
A press released signed by DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam stated the instructions on Tuesday.
The DMP said no gatherings or celebrations will be allowed in open spaces, including at: road junctions, flyovers, city roads, and building roofs. Additionally, no fireworks displays may be held in the city on the occasion.
According to the press statement, security will be tightened around the Dhaka University area on the day. No outsiders or vehicles will be allowed to enter the area after 6pm on the day.
Vehicles of teachers, officers and other employees who reside on the university campus may enter it at Shahbagh crossing. They can also enter through Nilkhet on foot.
Police will also restrict movement of vehicles in the High Court area.
Moreover, no outsider will be allowed to enter the Gulshan and Banani areas after 8pm. At the same time, no one will be allowed to stay in the Hatirjheel area.
Residents of these areas can enter there by car using Kemal Ataturk Ave and Mohakhali's Amtuly Crossing. But, they will not be able to access the areas via: Mohakhali Finix Road, Banani's 11 Number Road Crossing, Chairman Bari Xrossing, Dhaka Gate, Gulshan Club, Badda Link Road, Baridhara's DOHS, United Hospital, and Notun Bazar Crossing. Departures will be allowed.
Residential hotels can hold New Year's functions on a limited scale maintaining social distancing and other hygiene rules, but no DJ parties are allowed.
The DMP asked all the city's dwellers not to carry firearms at residential hotels, public gatherings and restaurants in a span of 12 hours commencing from 6pm on 31 December.
Law enforcement will take legal action against anyone who violates these instructions, mentioned the press release.
DMP will control vehicles using diversions throughout the day.