Legal Guidelines for Festivals During COVID

Last Updated at: August 17, 2020
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Legal Guidelines for Festivals During COVID

We Indians are known for the way we celebrate festivals, don’t we? Just name any festival and we would celebrate it with full vigour! The Hon’ble PM also recently praised the way we celebrate festivals. In his speech, he thanked the people for staying strong against the ‘demon’ of COVID-19.

He saluted the prevailing spirit of the people to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other during this troubled period. However, he said that the ‘battle’ is still not won. He urged the people to abide by all the legal guidelines until this ‘demon’ is not defeated. He appealed to the people to follow these guidelines even more strictly during the upcoming festive season.

Taking a cue from the appeal by the PM, different State Governments/authorities have issued fresh guidelines for the people to follow during the festivities.

Here, we will have a look at some of these guidelines-

1. Guidelines by the GOA Government

  • There will be no ‘Dahi Handi’ celebration during the Janmashtami
  • The protocol of social distancing, wearing of face masks, and use of hand wash & sanitiser will be followed throughout the celebrations
  • For Ganesh Chaturthi, the persons who cross the State border for bringing the Ganesh idol into the state (for either self-use or sale) and return on the same day (within 24 hours of departure from Goa) may not undergo quarantine/tests
  • There shall be monitoring of markets (that sold item for the festivals) by the local bodies and police to ensure that social distancing norms will have maintenance.
  • Additionally, sale timings should belong to prevent over-crowding
  • The natives of Goan origin residing in other states/UTs shall be allowed to enter Goa, subject to having a COVID negative certificate by ICMR. authorised labs/testing centres.
  • Individuals, who are going out of Goa for celebration outside the State do not need an ‘exit permit’ from Goa. However, the existing protocol will follow on their return to Goa.
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2. Guidelines by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Government of Maharastra

  • Only five persons should participate in the arrival and immersion of Lord Ganesha idols during the Ganpati Festival
  • People should avoid participating in big processions
  • Home-installed Ganpati idols should be made using eco-friendly materials and their height should not be more than 2 feet
  • Further, elderly persons and children will not have the allowance to visit emersion sites.
  • The protocol of social distancing, use of hand wash & sanitiser and the wearing of face masks will be followed throughout the celebrations.

3. Guidelines by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Government of Karnataka

  • People should not visit religious places of worship
  • The celebrations should have restriction only to small Poojas at home, with homemade sweets only
  • For Raksha Bandhan- brothers & sisters not living in the same house should not visit each other for tying Rakhi
  • For Muslim festivals, the Waqf Board will issue similar guidelines. Further, you must avoid all community events.

 

 

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Legal Guidelines for Festivals During COVID

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We Indians are known for the way we celebrate festivals, don’t we? Just name any festival and we would celebrate it with full vigour! The Hon’ble PM also recently praised the way we celebrate festivals. In his speech, he thanked the people for staying strong against the ‘demon’ of COVID-19.

He saluted the prevailing spirit of the people to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other during this troubled period. However, he said that the ‘battle’ is still not won. He urged the people to abide by all the legal guidelines until this ‘demon’ is not defeated. He appealed to the people to follow these guidelines even more strictly during the upcoming festive season.

Taking a cue from the appeal by the PM, different State Governments/authorities have issued fresh guidelines for the people to follow during the festivities.

Here, we will have a look at some of these guidelines-

1. Guidelines by the GOA Government

  • There will be no ‘Dahi Handi’ celebration during the Janmashtami
  • The protocol of social distancing, wearing of face masks, and use of hand wash & sanitiser will be followed throughout the celebrations
  • For Ganesh Chaturthi, the persons who cross the State border for bringing the Ganesh idol into the state (for either self-use or sale) and return on the same day (within 24 hours of departure from Goa) may not undergo quarantine/tests
  • There shall be monitoring of markets (that sold item for the festivals) by the local bodies and police to ensure that social distancing norms will have maintenance.
  • Additionally, sale timings should belong to prevent over-crowding
  • The natives of Goan origin residing in other states/UTs shall be allowed to enter Goa, subject to having a COVID negative certificate by ICMR. authorised labs/testing centres.
  • Individuals, who are going out of Goa for celebration outside the State do not need an ‘exit permit’ from Goa. However, the existing protocol will follow on their return to Goa.
 get legal advice 

2. Guidelines by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Government of Maharastra

  • Only five persons should participate in the arrival and immersion of Lord Ganesha idols during the Ganpati Festival
  • People should avoid participating in big processions
  • Home-installed Ganpati idols should be made using eco-friendly materials and their height should not be more than 2 feet
  • Further, elderly persons and children will not have the allowance to visit emersion sites.
  • The protocol of social distancing, use of hand wash & sanitiser and the wearing of face masks will be followed throughout the celebrations.

3. Guidelines by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Government of Karnataka

  • People should not visit religious places of worship
  • The celebrations should have restriction only to small Poojas at home, with homemade sweets only
  • For Raksha Bandhan- brothers & sisters not living in the same house should not visit each other for tying Rakhi
  • For Muslim festivals, the Waqf Board will issue similar guidelines. Further, you must avoid all community events.

 

 

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