Amid the Omicron threat, Mysuru City Police decided to hire volunteers interested in working with the police to persuade the public to comply with rules meant to control the spread of COVID-19.
âMyCopâ or âMysuru COVID-19 Policing,â the concept of the public working with police to help them enforce appropriate COVID-19 behavior, was launched here on Monday.
Giving details of “MyCoP” after its launch, Police Commissioner Chandragupta told reporters here on Monday that those interested can join the initiative and will be issued with ID cards.
Establishing appropriate COVID-19 behavior in crowded places is a challenge and âMyCoPâ volunteers can make a difference by encouraging the public to wear masks, maintain social distancing, etc.
Mr Chandragupta said there were plans to send at least 200 volunteers within the boundaries of each police station. Until COVID-19 is fully contained, these new police efforts will continue. The idea is to set up police departments to enforce the appropriate COVID-19 behavior in partnership with the public, he explained.
Meanwhile, the nighttime curfew goes into effect here from Tuesday, Mr Chandragupta said.
The containment measures aim to break the chain of transmission in the state, specifies a government decree on December 26.
The nighttime curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. from December 28 to January 7. From December 30 to January 2, all restaurants, hotels, clubs and pubs will operate with 50% of their capacity in strict compliance with COVID-19 Appropriate Behavior. The commissioner warned against measures against those who flout the restrictions imposed in view of the New Year’s celebrations.
Police said the nighttime curfew guidelines would be strictly enforced with no exceptions.
Medical, emergency and essential services, including pharmacies, must remain fully functional and other commercial activities are prohibited, in accordance with guidelines.
The circulation of buses and trains is authorized while the circulation of private vehicles is only allowed on presentation of valid travel documents, identity documents (in the case of employees on night duty) and tickets ( in the case of passengers picked up at the train station, bus terminal or airport). Theaters have been asked to end shows by 9:30 p.m.
Police are closely monitoring private party venues as there is a strict bar on large gatherings under the new guidelines.