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Goa issue guidelines for Janmashtami, No ‘Dahi Handi’

Goa Disaster Management Authority (GDMA) has issued guidelines to be followed during Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in sight of coronavirus outbreak.

As per the rules , there shall be monitoring of markets by concerned bodies. Police are directed to make sure that social distancing norms are maintained.

The guidelines for celebrations of Janmashtami states that there shall be no ‘Dahi Handi’ celebration throughout the district.

“There shall be no social/ religious gatherings within the district. The protocol of social distancing, wearing of face covers and use of hand wash, sanitiser shall be followed throughout the celebrations.”

“There shall be monitoring of markets selling items for the festival by the local bodies and police to make sure that social distancing norms are maintained. Sale timings should be long and staggered to stop crowding,” the rules read.

For Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the persons who cross the Goa border for bringing the Ganesh idol to the coastal state for either self-use purchasable and return on an equivalent day (within 24 hours of departure from Goa) shall not be required to undergo quarantine/tests, provided they create entry thereto effect with personnel on duty at border check posts.

The natives of Goan origin residing in several parts of the country shall be allowed to enter within the state of Goa subject to following this SOP of COVID negative certificate of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) authorised lab/test and quarantine till test results/14 days home quarantine, it read.

Persons, who are going out of Goa for celebration outside the state don’t need an ‘exit permit’ from Goa. However, on their return to Goa, the prevailing protocol to be followed


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