As per the latest reports, the Delhi government issued a set of guidelines on Sunday banning fairs, rallies, food-stalls, swings during festival celebrations till October 31. The decision was taken just before Navratri and Durga Puja festives. In the guidelines for festival celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic, he Delhi Disaster Management Authority said people will not be allowed to participate in exhibitions, rallies, and fairs.
According to the guidelines, “Fairs, meals, food-stalls, jhoolas, rallies, exhibitions and processions will not be permitted during festivals till October 31.” Organisations who are planning to organise a festival event will have to take permission from concerned authorities in advance as it is mandatory. The guidelines also state that there should be separate entry and exit gates at events and all participants must follow social distancing and wear masks.
Fairs/Melas/Food-stalls (inside and outside the venues), Jhoolas/Rallies/Exhibitions/Processions will not be permitted during festivals till 31st October, 2020 in Delhi: Delhi Disaster Management Authority, Government of Delhi. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/5VesHAn9nH
— ANI (@ANI) October 11, 2020
Today, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan requested people to stay safe during the festival season and warned them to maintain distance from crowded places and follow the COVID guidelines. The Union minister advised people to celebrate all the festivals at home this year with their family to stay safe from the deadly virus.
“No religion or God says that you have to celebrate in an ostentatious way; that you have to visit pandals and temples,” Vardhan said while hosting the weekly seminar. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued the standard operating procedures (SOP) on preventive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus during festivals.