Delhi: Gatherings, public celebrations banned for Holi, Shab-e-Barat | Delhi News - Times of India

Delhi: Gatherings, public celebrations banned for Holi, Shab-e-Barat | Delhi News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has banned gatherings, congregations and public celebrations during upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri, etc in the wake of the recent surge in Covid cases.
In an order issued on Tuesday, DDMA stated: “Gatherings, congregations and public celebrations during upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri, etc may pose a considerable threat of spread of virus and may cause setback to the appreciable gains made in the suppression of chain of transmission of Covid cases. Considering this, it has been decided that public celebrations and all gatherings/congregations during upcoming festivals should not be allowed in public places.”
There is lack of clarity on whether Holi celebrations can be allowed in clubs, hotels, non-official organisations and other similar places. An official said the clarity on it may be provided on Wednesday.
In a separate order, DDMA ordered district authorities to conduct random testing of passengers coming from the states where Covid-19 cases are surging, at railway stations, inter-state bus terminals, and other alighting points (for private buses) in Delhi. “After collection of samples, the travellers would be allowed to exit. However, those passengers who are found positive, shall be mandatorily quarantined/isolated at their place of stay or in institutional quarantine, as the case may be for 10 days as per the prescribed protocol.”
Chief secretary Vijay Dev, who is the chairperson of the DDMA’s state executive committee, has signed an order regarding the ban on gatherings at public places during the upcoming festivals. “In case any person is found violating these instructions, they will be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Section 188 of IPC and other applicable laws,” the DDMA order stated.
Meanwhile, weekly markets, cinema halls, malls, Metro services and religious places have been identified as super spreader areas. Divisional commissioner Sanjeev Khirwar has asked all DMs to intensify surveillance and awareness campaign at these places, besides at those where sero-prevalence has been low.

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