BMC Issues Strict Guidelines for Chhath Puja 2020 Celebrations in Mumbai
BMC has recently issued the strict guidelines on Chhath Puja 2020 celebration in the state of Maharashtra due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here is everything to know about it:
The Maharashtra government recently issued guidelines for Chhath Pooja 2020 celebrations in the state due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the annual festival used to observe a large gathering of devotees at beaches and river banks to offer their prayers to the God of the Sun with traditional rituals during sunrise and sunset. However, according to the standard operating procedure or SOP by the state home department, citizens cannot gather around the waterfronts or beaches for the occasion of Chhath Pooja 2020. Here are further details about BMC guidelines regarding Chhath Pooja celebrations that you must check out right away.
BMC issues strict guidelines on Chhath Puja 2020 celebration
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray approved the SOP urging everyone to celebrate this festival from their homes. Moreover, BMC has issued strict guidelines on how to celebrate Chhath Pooja 2020 at artificial ponds. It asked the devotees to avoid crowding during the celebration amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch video:
As per a statement from the Chief Minister’s office, Uddhav Thackeray has reportedly asked the local administrations to set up artificial ponds all over the city. It will ensure that the general public can celebrate the festival of Chhath Puja while maintaining social distancing. Moreover, it will help in avoiding crowding nearby water bodies. Furthermore, the state government has banned the use of firecrackers as well as loudspeakers at the location of artificial ponds in Maharashtra.
The standard operating procedure or SOP by the state government has urged the public to ensure appropriate behaviour amid the pandemic. It urged the devotees to sport a facemask outdoors and maintain social distancing to curb the spread of infection. After the BMC urged people to celebrate festivals at their home, BJP called it an injustice to them.
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It demanded the allowance of Chhath Puja celebrations with fewer restrictions, which need to be similar to those for Ganesh Utsav and Durga Puja. However, during this phase, the state government is expecting an increase in COVID-19 cases. So, it has been trying to avoid permitting largescale public gatherings on festivals.