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All festive celebrations put on hold for August: Rupani

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Given the rise in COVID-19 in the state, the Gujarat government has decided to postpone all celebrations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Gujarat. 

Rupani told reporters that all festival celebrations have been postponed for August.

 

It should be noted that August has several major Hindu and Muslim celebrations. 

This includes Rakshabandhan, Bhadarvi Poonam, Janmashtami and even Eid-ul-Adah.

Almost all of these festivals are accompanied by public celebrations. 

The government has said that as of now it has postponed the same.

 Tazia processions will also not be allowed.

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“If the situation continues then Navratri will also not be organised,” said Rupani. 

He announced while in Rajkot to hold a meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state.

“I appeal to the people not to organise any celebration or festivities or processions during Saatham Aatham and Bakri-Eid,” said Rupani.

Navratri decision only after August 30

Earlier, Gujarat government had also told Garba organisers they will decide about it after August 30.

The state said it would review the COVID-19 situation post-August 30 before deciding whether to let Garba be organised or not.

The organisers had conveyed to the CM that preparations for Garba begin in March or April every year. 

They also told the chief minister that several livelihoods are associated with Garba. 

Garba organisers offered to use only 30% of the holding capacity of a venue.

COVID-19 in Gujarat

Gujarat on Tuesday recorded 1108 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.

This is the second time that the number of per day cases in Gujarat has crossed the 1100 mark.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 57,974.

Gujarat recorded 24 new deaths due to the disease on Tuesday.

Of the total deaths, 12 were recorded in Surat, four in Ahmedabad while Bhavnagar, Jamnagar and Rajkot recorded two deaths each.

Vadodara and Gandhinagar also saw one death each.

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