Gandhinagar : Gujarat government has released new guidelines for festivals amid Corona crisis. The Gujarat government released a guideline on the celebrations for Navratri Garba, Dussehra, Diwali, Gujarati New Year and Sharad Purnima.
The Gujarat government has issued guidelines for upcoming festivals in the state as well as the upcoming festivals in view of public health welfare. These guidelines and decisions of the state government will have to be implemented from 15 October 2020.
According to the guideline, garba can not be held in the state during Navratri. In Navratri, garba / idol can be installed and worshiped in a public open place, but photos or idols cannot be touched and prasad can’t be distributed.
This will require the approval of the local administration. In large events like fairs, rallies, exhibitions, Ravana Dahan, Ramlila, Shobha Yatra, where a large number of people gather, will be banned. Not more than 200 people can gather and the duration of the program will be only one hour.
Apart from the Containment Zone, plans for social, educational sports, entertainment, cultural activities, and religious ceremonies will also be subject to certain rules. According to the rule, floor marking with a distance of six feet will be mandatory.
According to the guidelines, the face should be properly covered at all times during the entire ceremony. Thermal scanner, sanitizer as well as stage, mic, chair and oxy meter facilities should be periodically sanitized. Handwash, sanitizer all have to be kept with you. Spitting and consumption of pan-masala and gutkha will be completely banned during the ceremony.
The guideline states that children over 60 years of age and below 10 years, pregnant women as well as people suffering from other diseases should not participate in such ceremonies.
If such ceremonies are held in halls, hotels, banquet halls, auditoriums, marriage halls of caste societies, town halls or other closed places, the capacity of such places may be 50 per cent or maximum 300 people. 100 people can participate in the ceremony like a wedding reception.
After death, a maximum of 100 people can be involved in the last ritual. People are advised to stay at home and worship with family members on festivals like Navratri, Dussehra, Diwali, New Year, Bhai Bij, Sharad Purnima.