The Gujarat government has announced the guidelines for the upcoming festivals of Navratri, Diwali and Dussehra. The state has clarified that no public Garba will be organised nor will big Garba events be allowed.
It has, however, allowed the worship of idols in public places but the idols or pictures of the goddess cannot be touched nor will the distribution of prasad be allowed.
Even when worship in public places is allowed, the organisers will have to take permission from the local administration for the same.
No more than 200 people will be allowed to gather in any event and organizers will have to identify and mark spots where people can stand so that 6 ft of social distancing is maintained.
Also, the programmes cannot be more than an hour long.
The state is still to decide on Sheri Garba. It is believed that apart from containment zones, the government may allow for entertainment, social, religious and sports events subject to certain conditions.
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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