Hours after the Gujarat government came out with guidelines for Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel clarified on the issue of organising Sheri Garba.
It should be noted that when the government came up with the guidelines, it allowed for public worship subject to certain guidelines and conditions including restriction on the number of people who can attend the function.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel clarified that the government has not allowed for either Sheri Garba or big public Garba celebrations during Navratri.
“No Garba either Sheri or public ones are allowed this Navratri due to the pandemic. Only worship of idols as is the norm during Navratri will be allowed and that too can be held only with the permission of the district administration,” said Nitin Patel.
Earlier the Ahmedabad Medical Association AMA had also urged the government to not allow Garba and other such events during Navratri stating that it will only add to the spread of COVID-19 at a time when the state is battling the pandemic.
The government had earlier announced that it will not be holding the state level Navratri celebrations this year.
The Navratri guidelines in a nutshell
- No public Garba celebrations will be allowed across the state
- Idols and photos can be placed in open plots for puja during Navratri
- There is a ban on touching such idols and photos that are placed in public for worship
- Requisite permission from the local administration needs to be taken for such public worship
- Not more than 200 people will be allowed at such places
- Those who attend public worship will have to maintain a 6ft distance from each other
- Senior citizens over 65, children below 10 years of age, pregnant women and those suffering from ailments are warned not to attend such events
- Only 100 people will be allowed at wedding, funerals and other such events.
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