The Hailakandi district administration has imposed certain restrictions as precautionary and preventive measures in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation on Mahalaya and Viswakarma Puja to be held on Thursday.
An order was issued to this effect here on Wednesday by Deputy Commissioner cum Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority, Megh Nidhi Dahal.
The order stated that movement of more than a group of three persons on Mahalaya morning is strictly prohibited. Assembling of people at any place will not be allowed. However, people can move on the roads in small groups comprising maximum three persons. Wearing of masks and maintaining physical distancing have been made mandatory on the ensuing festivities.
Viswakarma Puja shall be celebrated with a maximum 15 number of persons and congregation at any place will not be allowed.
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Distribution of wet food (prasad) is not allowed by any puja committee. However, packed prasad (dry food only) are permitted.
No decoration of pandals, lighting and roadside stalls will be permitted, the order stated.
“Violation of this order will attract punitive action under relevant sections of Disaster Management Act, 2005 and IPC,” the order warned.
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