India is getting ready for a string of festivals like Dussehra, Durga Puja, and Diwali.

No celebrations actions will probably be allowed inside any COVID-19 containment zones within the nation throughout the upcoming competition season, the federal government stated right this moment.

“Festive occasions shall be permitted solely exterior the containment zones. Organisers/employees/guests from containment zones shall not be permitted. Individuals residing inside containment zones could also be inspired to watch all festivals inside their houses and never transfer out,” the Directorate Common of Well being Companies (DGHS) has stated.

This was a part of the usual working procedures (SOPs) issued by the Well being ministry right this moment for each the general public in addition to native authorities. These SOPS are to be adopted between October and December – a string of festivals like Dussehra, Durga Puja, Diwali, and Christmas will probably be celebrated on this interval – whereas organising gala’s, exhibitions, processions, and different non secular and cultural capabilities.

“Occasions deliberate to final for a lot of days or even weeks equivalent to exhibitions, gala’s, Puja pandals, Ramlila pandals, or live shows, and performs ought to have ample measures to make sure a cap on bodily numbers. Staggered timings and restricted entry could also be thought of,” the DGHS has stated.

The transfer is an try to make sure competition crowds don’t fan additional unfold of the illness within the nation which already has the world’s second-most variety of circumstances.

Different measures embrace identification of particular areas for such actions and the availability of ample medical and emergency-care amenities. In addition to the obligatory masks and sanitisers, the SOPs additionally require the presence of ambulances and COVID-19 consciousness actions and materials on the venues.

Individuals above 65 years of age or under 10, these with comorbidities, and pregnant ladies have been suggested to remain at house.