No procession will be taken out in Mumbai during Ganesh festival after the police on Thursday barred people from assembling together due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The prohibitory order has been issued under CrPC section 144 in Mumbai, which bars assembly of five or more persons.
For now the order would continue during the Ganesh festival scheduled between September 10 to 19.
No processions of any kind would be allowed in the city during this period and devotees would not be allowed to visit Ganesh pandals either, an official statement added.
Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure empowers the authorities to issue prohibitory orders for preventive purposes.
The Maharashtra home department had issued a circular the day before banning visits to pandals so as to prevent the spread of the viral infection.
Mumbai on Wednesday recorded 530 new coronavirus cases, highest since mid-July.
The order issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police S Chaitanya referred to the directives of the home department as well as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
People can have `darshan' of Ganesh idols installed in pandals through the online mode or through other electronic media (such as TV), the police release said.
Any person violating the orders would face action under IPC section 188 (disobeying order lawfully promulgated by public servant) and other relevant laws, it said.(With PTI inputs)