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Delhi to allow Large Gatherings for Durga Puja & Ram Leela

Durga Puja and Ramleela festivities can be held in Delhi, authorities said on Sunday, but organisers will need to follow COVID-19 safety rules and obtain permits from district magistrates. Closed spaces will be allowed to have up to 200 people at a time and open venues are going to be regulated individually.

The elected official Anil Baijal-led Delhi Disaster Management Authority or DDMA issued a replacement set of guidelines for holding congregations and gatherings, withdrawing the ban on gatherings and enormous congregations till October 31.

"Each such permission (which is applied to District Magistrate concerned) shall be jointly granted by District Magistrate and District DCP concerned on the idea of joint inspection report of area Executive Magistrate, area SHO and Licensing Inspector of Municipal Corporation concerned which shall clearly certify that the festival/celebration site is suitable for the conduct of the event and meets all the stipulations laid down in this order and the standard operating procedure," the order said.

The district magistrates and deputy commissioners of police will appoint a politician of suitable seniority as nodal officer for every site and venue of Ramleela and Durga Puja, the order said.

The capacity of every event site are going to be decided supported the world and social distancing norms laid down within the Ministry of Home Affairs order issued on September 30.

In closed space, a maximum of fifty per cent of the hall capacity are going to be allowed, with a ceiling of 200 persons, it said, adding that in open spaces, keeping the dimensions of the bottom or space within the view, and with social distancing norms.

The capaciousness for every such site must be determined strictly consistent with the norms mandated for ensuring social distancing and observance of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour and this capacity shall be certified by District Magistrate and District DCP, said the order.

Event organisers will ensure separate entry and exit at each event site, ground or venue which can be strictly regulated and only people with mask are going to be allowed, it added.

Experts have expressed concern over a pointy spike in coronavirus cases within the festive season with Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan himself requesting people to not visit crowded venues.

The country on Sunday crossed the 70-lakh mark within the overall number of COVID-19 cases and stands slightly behind the US, which is that the worst sufferer, logging quite 76 lakh cases.


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