by NEWSNER , 2021-03-26 10:41:41
The Meghalaya government on Thursday issued a replacement Standard procedure (SOP) for Holi celebrations amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases wherein it banned public celebrations of the festival.
"SOP for Holi celebrations issued by the house (Political) Department, Government of Meghalaya. 25th March 2021," the Department of data and PR of the state tweeted.
"Person above 65 years aged, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women and youngsters below the age of 10 years are advised to remain reception. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 5 feet publicly places, use of face-masks is mandatory along with side proper hand sanitisation, social distancing," the order read.
The installation and therefore the use of the Aarogya Setu app also are mandatory.
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"Public celebrations and gatherings/congregations aren't permitted publicly places/ public grounds/public parks/markets/religious places. twiddling with colours should be restricted to relations only and within people's homes. Playing of colours and/or congregations shall not be allowed on the general public road or roadside and there shall be no obstruction on any path/roads/thoroughfare. just in case of personal celebrations, the number of persons inside the venue/private premises shall be restricted under the order issued by the house (Political) Department dated Groundhog Day, wherein the utmost number of persons in any private gathering is restricted to 75 per cent of the capaciousness," the order continued to read.
It also stated that action is going to be taken against violators as per the relevant laws. Persons with a history of inter-state travel should strictly follow the newest COVID-19 protocol, the new SOP states.