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Gujarat to decide on Garba events after August 30


Garba organisers on Monday met chief minister Vijay Rupani to discuss the concerns about organising Garba during COVID-19 times.

The government has banned huge gatherings of people due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers. 


Local fairs and large religious gatherings are also not allowed despite it being the month of Shravan. 

Sources in the know said the chief minister has refused to commit anything up to August 30.

He reportedly told the organisers that the matter was not even under consideration up to August 30.

Rupani reportedly said a decision will only be taken after taking into account the COVID-19 situation in the state post-August 30.

What Garba organisers said

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

This year, it is delayed and it is not yet known whether the government will allow mass gathering.

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.

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They said this will ensure social distancing norms are followed during the event.

But the government has so far refused to commit to anything. 

Bad year for Garba organisers

The last two years have been bad for Garba organisers in the state. 

On average the city has 100 big or medium-sized events during Navratri. 

Last year, this came down drastically as the weather played spoilsport. 

The rains during Navratri forced several organisers to give up their plans. 

The police department is also of the opinion that celebrations should not be allowed given the COVID-19 situation in the state.

Last-minute approval not conducive

Garba organisers in the city are worried that they may not be able to put together an event if the approvals come at the last minute. 

The organisers said it takes more than three months to organise an event. 

This year, many more restrictions will also be in place. 

With no surety about whether the function will be allowed or not, finding sponsors for the event will also be difficult, they said.

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