GUWAHATI: The Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua on Friday declared guidelines to be followed this Christmas and New Year in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the state. The guidelines shall come into force with effect from December 25 to January 10.
The Chief Secretary in an official statement, “It is generally noticed that around the year end there are excessive events organized in which large gatherings take place and certain festivities are also organized leading to crowding of enclosed spaces.”
Announcing the SOPs, Barua further said, “Such large gatherings in enclosed spaces without proper social distancing and maintenance of other COVID-19 protocols runs the risk of spread of Coronavirus and also may give rise to serious difficulties in contact tracing, thereby adversely affecting containment of the spread of COVID-19″
Therefore, the Assam government has issued specific guidelines to be followed by the people. The SOPs are:
- No gathering in excess of 50 persons shall be organized during the period of this order.
- In any given enclosed space, whether private or public, the total number of attendees shall in any case not exceed 50% of the capacity of such space.
- In case of outdoor events, the gathering shall be restricted to ensure physical distancing being maintained at all times.
4 Any or all religious festivities are encouraged to be conducted, preferably inside homes.
- Where religious functions are required to be observed in places of public gathering, adequate social distancing and all other protocols of Covid management are to be followed strictly.
- Organizers should ensure universal usage of masks, hand sanitization and mandatory test of staff for COVID-19, District Magistrates, Superintendent of Police (Commissioner of Police, in case of Kamrup-M) of all districts shall ensure strict compliance of these orders.
To support our brand of fearless and investigative journalism, support us HERE.
The Inside Northeast app HERE for News, Views, and Reviews from Northeast India.
Do keep following us for news on-the-go. We deliver the Northeast