Guidelines for Durga Puja festival in Nagaland

DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 10/9/2020 12:05:03 PM IST

  Home department has issued guidelines for the state on the upcoming Durga Puja festival so that the spread of COVID-19 is prevented.

According to DIPR report, orders are as follows: Puja pandals will be allowed to be set up only in temples and no temporary pandals shall be allowed to be erected on and by the side of any street; The timing for the visit of the devotees to the pandals shall strictly be from 5 a.m in the morning till 10 p.m in the evening; There shall be no mela/food stall/stalls selling any items etc. in and around puja pandal; A maximum of 30 persons including organizers and priests shall be allowed to gather at any time in the puja pandals; Puja organizers should not allow any person to enter the puja premises without face cover/mask and washing/sanitizing of hands. Organisers are to arrange facilities for hand washing/sanitisation at entrance of puja premises; Distribution of wet prasad to devotees shall not be done; Organisers should ensure sanitising the premises before opening and after closing and every 6 hours during the day; No permission for any immersion procession shall be given under any circumstances. Maximum of 10 (ten) persons shall be allowed to complete the ritual of immersion; All visitors to puja location shall be subject to thermal scanning by puja organisers and no person with any symptom related to COVID-19 shall be allowed to enter the puja pandals; In case any person/visitor to puja pandal is suspected to be asymptomatic with COVID-19, it shall be the responsibility of the puja organisers to inform the nearest government medical facility and arrange for shifting of such person to the nearest COVID-19 treatment centre; Person above 65 years of age, children below 10 years of age, person with co morbidities and pregnant woman may be advised to avoid visiting the puja pandals and in addition to usual authorities in districts giving necessary permissions to puja committees/organizers for putting up pandals, the authority for giving the final clearance will be the respective DTF headed by DC.
Further, it stated that DTF shall also make necessary arrangements with the concerned puja committees/organisers to ensure that immersion of idols is suitably staggered so as to avoid congestion and large gatherings at the immersion sites.
Any violation of the mentioned guidelines will attract action as per legal provisions against the puja committee/organizer or the individual/devotee as the case may be.

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