GUWAHATI: Assam government on Wednesday issuing guidelines for the ensuing Durga Puja has restricted a maximum of 20 devotees at any Puja premises subject to there being sufficient space to handle social distancing.
It said that no transitory pandals shall be allowed to be erected on and by the side of any road.
“A maximum A 30 persons inclusive of organisers and priests shall be allowed to collect at any time in the Puja pancials. Puja organisers must not allow any person to go into the Puja premises without face cover and washing of hands,” the order said.
The state government has put the responsibility on Puja organisers to arrange for facilities for hand washing, sanitization at entrance of Puja premises.
“No permission for any immersion procession shall be provided under any circumstances. Maximum of five persons shall be allowed to total the ritual of immersion,” the state government SOP added.
But even so, all visitors a Pula location shall be subjected a thermal scanning by Puja organisers.
“In case any person/ visitor to Puja pandal is suspected to be symptomatic with COVID-19, it’s going to be the responsibility of the Puja organisers to notify the nearest government medical facility and arrange for shifting of such person to the nearest COVID treatement centre,” the SOP added.