No garbas, only aarti this Navratri

Gujarat Global News Network, Gandhinagar

Finally the state government has said no to garbas. No sheri garbas or any public events of Garba will be allowed this year. Fairs, processions, exhibitions, Ravan dahan, Ramlila etc mass events are banned. The government has released guidelines for upcoming festivals of Navratri, Dusshera, Diwali, New year and Sharad Poonam. The new guidelines will come into effect form 16 Oct.2020.

However Garbi and idol installation and puja and aarti would be allowed at open spaces with maximum 200 people. But the duration of such programme will not be more than one hour. People will not be allowed to touch the idols nor will be allowed to distribute prasad. For such programmes permission from local administration will be required. All Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) will need to be followed.

In areas other than containment zones, social, educational, entertainment, cultural activities, religious functions will also be permitted with certain conditions. Six ft physical distance and floor marking for the same will be required. Proper wearing of face masks will be required.

Thermal scanner, sanitizer, oximeters will be required. Sanitization of stage, mic and chairs will be required. Hand wash and sanitizer facility will be mandatory. Spitting and consumption of pan – masala – gutkha will be completely banned during the functions.

Those older than 65 or younger than 10, pregnant mothers and other suffering from diseases are advised not to participate.

If such functions are held at halls, hotels, banquet halls, auditoriums, community halls, town halls or other closed places, maximum 200 people will be allowed in 50 per cent capacity of hall. Wedding and wedding receptions will have limit of maximum 100 participants.

Funeral /religious ceremony post death will have limit of 100 persons.

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