In view of the Covid-19 situation in Mumbai, the city police have prohibited large-scale celebrations of the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
As per an order issued on Thursday, section 144 of the CrPC will be in place in India's financial capital from 10 to 19 September.
In addition to this, the police have also prohibited any Ganpati processions, which used to be central to the festival. Not more than five people will be allowed to gather at a place.
There is also a ban on devotees taking darshan of Ganapati idols in pandals. All darshans have been shifted online.
The Mumbai civic body has issued fresh guidelines for the Ganpati festival beginning from Friday.
According to the new order, physical darshan at public pandals has been banned and restrictions have been imposed on the number of participants in processions during the celebrations.
For bringing home the idols of the deity and during their immersion, there will not be more than 10 people in the processions of public mandals and not more than five for the household Ganpatis, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the guidelines issued on Tuesday.