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Welcome 2023: Bengaluru’s New Year Shine Is Back This Year…

Bengaluru's New Year Eve

It seemed like Bengaluru’s popular New Year Celebrations had reached a dead-end since the pandemic. But 2022 brought hope when the globe started hitting back to normalize functioning. Many events across the city returned after 2 years of halt which gave rise to the hope of revival of New Year Celebrations to welcome 2023.

Bengaluru’s Brigade Road will finally see full-fledged New Year celebrations. The Bangalore City Police decided to allow New Year’s Eve celebrations on the road on Friday.

Karnataka government makes masks mandatory for new year celebrations

Image Courtesy: english.madhayamam

The Brigade Shops and Establishments Association (BSEA) has agreed with the Bangalore Police Department’s decision to install sufficient street lighting and CCTV camera surveillance for security reasons. The decision was kept on hold after the pandemic has once again seen a rise but the Association stated it would go on par with the State Government’s decision and it has received a green signal.

What’s special about the Bengaluru scene?

It’s not just celebrated as an occasion, but it’s a festival. Brigade Road and Church Street are elegantly decorated and shine up that strikes every individual and forcing them to brighten up in joy.

Commercial Street, Bengaluru’s very own street shopping destination, is all geared up for New Year’s sales. Commercial Street is home to purchasing of a wide range of items at affordable prices, including trendy clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and sweets.

Commercial Street in the morning. Mostly vacant except for a few passersby. A scooter in the foreground. Chinese lanterns hung over the street.

Image Courtesy: The News Minute

New Year’s Eve Celebrations include the city’s famous bars, long queues, and of course loud music. Several pubs and bars on Brigade Road are all set for New Year’s Eve.

What are the restrictions in place?

COVID-19 infections rose in some parts of the world and cases of Omicron subvariant BF.7 were found in the country as well. Karnataka government on Monday said masks will be made mandatory for Pubs, Bars, Restaurants & Public spaces ahead of New Year Celebrations which can go on till 1 am. And the crowd should be dispersed by 2 am.

Considering the safety and health complications in children, pregnant women and senior citizens, the state government has barred them from entering any resorts, clubs and parties.

Karnataka govt's key Covid meet tomorrow ahead of New Year celebrations ...

Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

“Masks will be compulsory at closed places, and air-conditioned rooms, and crowded places in outdoor celebrations. There should not be more people than the permitted capacity in places where the celebrations take place,” Health Minister K Sudhakar said.

Vehicle movement on the eve?

The association wants Brigade Road to be closed for all vehicles from 7 pm. It further wants the shutting off of all entry points from Brigade Road and Rest House Road for vehicles to ease pedestrian movement, helping them to lead to Opera Junction. Cart vendors and salesmen will not be allowed after the restriction is set to function.

Bengaluru's Traffic

Image Courtesy: Times of India

Is it worth it?

New Year Party

Image Courtesy: Local Samosa

Yes, Bengaluru’s New Year’s Eve is one of the highly anticipated festivals of the city, ranging from the crowd gathering, decorations in place, eateries, bars, pubs, shops and a lot more. Parking of vehicles might be an issue but this is once a year moment that Bengalureans wait for and 2 years after a halt, many are excited to be part of the Eve once again.



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