Goa : As part of the SOPs laid down for the eve of Diwali by the Corporation of the City of Panaji , large gatherings in the state capital will not be allowed and Narkasur effigies will not be more than five feet tall.“To ensure that there are no instances of Covid-19 infection due to Diwali, we are not going to permit gatherings, DJs and fire crackers. Those who insist that they must adhere to tradition and build a Narkasur, can build it only up to 5ft in height. They will, however, have to write us an application for the same,” mayor Uday Madkaikar, said.
Highlighting the unpredictable nature of Covid-19, he said that although SOPs were laid out ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, the number of infections in Panaji and other areas were on the rise.Madkaikar, who was recently discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19, said the people of Panaji must take all precautions and observe a silent Diwali this year.“I have personally experienced the sufferings of the patients due to the pandemic. The doctors and frontline workers are on duty for about eight hours straight and without a break. We must not burden them by falling ill. I appeal to the people to avoid crowding to see narkasurs because cases could increase if they’re not careful. If possible, avoid building a narkasur this year,” he said.
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