Covid-19: Centre asks states to make sure upcoming festivals celebrated with ‘utmost precautions’

The Centre has requested states and union territories to make sure that upcoming festivals are celebrated in a secure and cautious method with “utmost precautions” in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a letter to states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned customary working procedures issued final month for curbing any spike in instances should be adopted.

“No mass gathering should be allowed in areas identified as containment zones and in districts reporting more than 5 per cent COVID-19 test confirmation rates,” Bhushan mentioned within the letter.

He mentioned mandatory instructions needs to be issued adequately in advance by state governments involved for practising warning in the course of the festivities.

“Gatherings which might be allowed with advance permission and a restricted variety of individuals (as per native context) needs to be carefully monitored and in case of violations of COVID-appropriate habits, mandatory enforcement and penal actions needs to be taken.

“There should be strict adherence to limits on public gatherings taking into account availability of space to ensure effective physical distancing,” the Centre mentioned.

The Centre additionally requested states and UTs to discover and promote numerous modalities for on-line modes of celebrations, on-line buying and discourage pointless travel.

The Centre mentioned it’s essential that district well being authorities preserve a strict watch over native trajectory of instances and institute well timed and rigorous interventions primarily based on the advisories issued by the well being ministry and Home ministry on occasion.

“States/UTs are further requested to ensure that non-adherence to Covid Appropriate behavior in public places is dealt with strongly. Inter-sectoral collaboration between health departments, law enforcement agencies, market and trade associations, civil society organizations, and community will be essential to curb any risk of a spike in Covid-19 trajectory,” Bhushan mentioned within the letter.